Maths is a fundamental skill that underpins a variety of specialist skills. Taking an A-Level in Maths is often the first step into a rewarding career within fields such as computing, business & finance, and even within the healthcare field.
A-Level Maths should not be confused with Further Maths, which is an added layer to what is covered in the core A-Level. Some Further Maths topics are considered to be more challenging than in A-Level Maths, so it's worth exploring both depending on the career path you want to take.
Here, we'll explore some of the careers that you can take with an A-Level Maths course.
Finance and Accounting
A career within finance ranges from bookkeeping through to being an independent financial or pensions adviser. Depending on whether you aspire to be own boss someday or work for a large organisation, A-Level Maths is where these career paths begin.
Combining A-Level Maths with a subject such as business studies or a specific sector enables you to bring the analytical side of maths with transferable skills that enable you to master both sides. Similarly, you may find that you need to work with clients or financial service providers in order to negotiate appropriate deals, and so it may be worth exploring other courses to enhance your written and communication skills.
Engineering and Energy
Many of the skills taught within the maths arena, such as problem solving and understanding complex equations, translate neatly into careers within the engineering sector. In a similar way to finance, engineering is vast, with numerous specialisms to explore depending on your interests and skills.
With the world transitioning towards alternative energy sources, engineering careers are in high demand and are likely to continue to be for many years. Honing your knowledge of the complex equations likely to be encountered within the energy sector begins at A-Level, where you can also begin to gain an understanding of advanced probability - a key skill when explaining the consequences of increased demand from multiple energy sources.
If engineering is a career path that interests you, consider looking at A-Levels within design or a science to tailor your skills to a particular specialism. Other similar careers include aerospace engineering and working as an air traffic controller.
A career in acoustics ranges from working within recording studios and performing arts venues through to supporting building architects and designers to assess ways of reducing noise and sound vibrations within workplaces or flat blocks. Regardless of which area you want to explore, most employers and providers of related specialist courses require two or three A-Levels, of which Maths is usually one.
Acoustics career paths vary, with training available from organisations such as the Institute of Acoustics. Some of the other pathways you could take include helping to design medical equipment to advising in legal cases. Underpinning most, if not all of these paths, is an analytical skillset developed through studying A-Level Maths.
Study A-Level Maths online
A-Level Maths and Further Maths are both taught at most colleges. However, studying online with a distance learning course is an option if you are returning to education or want to learn at your own pace. Speak to one of our learning advisers on 0121 630 3000 for information about studying Maths online, or enrol on our A-Level Maths courses here.