Degree Courses and Admissions
A minimum requirement of five A* has been specified in the College prospectus. Whilst we do look at GCSE results as part of the admissions process, we try to do this in a contextualised way. Students with fewer A* (or equivalent) grades will be considered, particularly if they have scored well in these exams relative to typical results at the school where they took them.
Before you decide to study Mathematics, or any other subject, at university level, you should try to discover what it involves. Some topics in university Mathematics are a direct continuation of those at A-level, but others introduce you to new ways of thinking. You will be concerned with the logical and precise structure of arguments, the proper definition of mathematical objects, the design of sophisticated mathematical models, and the legitimacy of computations.
If what attracts you to mathematics is the ability to solve precisely only a narrowly defined set of problems, you should question whether mathematics is right for you. A-level and school mathematics can often be quite “recipe-like”, with a somewhat regimented and recognizable style of exam questions, and which do not really introduce students to “Real Mathematics”.
If you choose to study Mathematics at University, in addition to being able to solve the straightforward questions, you should enjoy mathematics for its own sake and be curious as to how it all fits together. You should take pleasure both in investigating things yourself and in learning about it from others.
To help you decide whether university level mathematics is right for you, you may wish to take a look at the recommended reading list.