Studying Maths has never been as important as it is today. It is the foundation of all the sciences and anyone aiming to study a scientific subject at university should consider it. It is also one of the most sought after subjects by employers in any field. But most importantly, it is interesting, challenging and fun! At Tallis, our enthusiastic teaching team has an excellent record of success over many years in preparing students to succeed at Maths and Further Maths A-level.
In recent years we’ve placed students at Cambridge University, Oxford University, Warwick University and at Imperial College for mathematics, so we have a good record at getting the best out of our mathematicians. If you’re interested in taking STEP papers for Oxbridge entrance and the like, we offer coaching from Oxbridge and Imperial maths undergraduates in addition to high-quality teaching from experienced staff. We know maths is a challenging subject. We ask our students to take an algebra test to confirm their suitability prior to confirming a place on the course, as we want you to pick subjects in which you’ll succeed. The algebra test is only about GCSE-level algebra which students should already know. We reteach the GCSE material to give students the best chance of passing the test and then it is taken towards the end of September. Students who don't pass it must change course to another subject where we have space. A-level mathematics students focus on pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics. Further Maths students must also study A-level Mathematics and their course also includes harder problems and topics in pure maths, mechanics and decision maths. Maths students are expected to be able to use technology to support their learning, as well as to handle and solve problems involving large data sets. The subject has a strong emphasis on modelling, problem-solving and reasoning. To be a successful mathematician you need to be logical, persistent, and hard-working.
In 2019-2010 we also intend to offer AS Maths as a 4th subject for the most able applicants, the ones who meet our criteria for a 4-subject pathway. This is a one year course suitable and is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A-level. AS Maths teaches mathematical notation and basic calculus. There is also a statistics paper. This outline familiarity with mathematical ideas is particularly useful for those studying social sciences such as sociology, psychology, or economic history and the like and also fits really well with biology and business and finance related subjects. As the course is an AS-level, it's out of the way by the end of Year 12 so you can really concentrate on your other three subjects - but with bonus UCAS points in the bag.
Computer Science involves analytical, creative, and logical thinking and is strongly mathematical in nature. The subject is therefore very abstract, although you are required to do some programming in one or more of a range of computer languages which may be procedural or object-orientated. Computer scientists analyse and model problems, and design and implement solutions,, and in so doing are also introduced to a range of standard algorithms, Boolean algebra and the like. There is also an opportunity to produce a substantial piece of coursework focusing on some aspect of programming or implementation. The subject builds a deep understanding of much contemporary technology.
For those of you who just missed your 4 at GCSE or who want to top up to a 5 or 6 we also offer a GCSE Maths retake course.
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