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Studying at Lancaster University School of Mathematics (LUSoM) will bring you into a community of like-minded individuals where you will feel comfortable pursuing your love of maths while being encouraged to experiment and grapple with exciting and unusual maths challenges.

You will be tested in many ways – you won’t just be sat in a classroom at LUSoM. Our curriculum blends classroom teaching with opportunities to network and learn from industry experts as well as spend time at Lancaster University getting a feel for university level mathematics.

Your choice of A-levels

Chemistry
Chemistry
Computer Science
Computer Science
Option

Our curriculum is designed to push the boundaries of A-level mathematics for talented 16-19 year olds with a passion for maths and STEM subjects. Taught by specialist LUSoM staff in brand new facilities, you will study A-levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and then choose your third and fourth A-level from either the subjects taught at LUSoM or at Cardinal Newman College. The subjects you choose should be equivalent to 4 A-levels or a Level 3 programme.

Sample timetable
TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
09.00 – 10.10Pastoral SupportFurther MathsA-level optionFurther MathsA-level option
10.15 – 11.25MathsA-level optionFurther Maths
Maths
11.25 – 11.40BreakBreakBreakBreakBreak
11.40 – 12.50
MathsCurriculum PlusA-level option
12.55 – 14.05A-level option

MathsA-level option
14.05 – 14.20BreakBreakBreakBreakBreak
14.20 – 15.30A-level optionA-level optionHE*HE*Further Maths
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Curriculum Plus

Curriculum Plus is time dedicated for you to meet with staff who will provide you with support tailored to your individual needs. We want to help you explore your subjects with confidence as you gain a deeper understanding of them. These sessions will be encouraging and will support you in learning an extended range of mathematical skills.

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The LUSoM Award

The LUSoM Award is an academic programme designed to prepare you for university study. The programme, shaped by academia, will form an essential part in your ability to excel at university level. The LUSoM Award will be recognised as a highly prestigious qualification to set Maths School students apart.

The project provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of advanced mathematics, while working with expert practitioners in a wide range of fields. In Year 12, you will collaborate as a team to complete a group project. Year 13 will see you continue to be taught in groups, whilst also developing your own piece of research to form the basis of an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The group project and individual research task will be developed and tested, with prizes awarded on graduation.

Throughout the course you will develop key presentations skills which you will have the opportunity to practise in front of Lancaster University academics, business sponsors and industry experts.

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LUSoM enrichment

What makes LUSoM really stand out from the standard Maths A-level is our enrichment programme. With exciting opportunities to gain experience in high-level mathematics projects and initiatives, this is a chance to learn from our partners in industry and academia, make new connections, and broaden your application of maths to the outside world.

You can enjoy a range of enrichment activities embedded into the curriculum that give you the opportunity to solve mathematical problems outside of your formal lessons. These activities include summer school activities hosted by academic experts, subject masterclasses, termly seminars to develop your mathematical thinking toolbox, and presentations from members of Lancaster University to engage you in cutting-edge topics, problems and challenges.

You will also benefit from and have access to the full range of extracurricular activities with peers at Cardinal Newman College. These will include The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, theatre productions and musical opportunities including band and choir groups and a variety of sporting activities.

Gifted and Talented

The Gifted and Talented provision has been designed to recognise the most academically able mathematicians, and provides extra-curricular activities to challenge and excel such students. Maths School teaching staff will work closely with those who would benefit from extension material.

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

In Year 13, you can choose to undertake the Extended Project Qualification for one period per week. You will develop an individual research project whilst being jointly supported by academics from LUSoM and Lancaster University.

You will benefit from taking part in maths-related activities including:

  • British Maths Olympiad
  • Maths Leagues
  • Maths Code Clubs
  • UKMT Maths Challenge
  • UKMT Senior Kangaroo

How to apply

Lancaster University School of Mathematics is open to applications in Autumn 2021. In the meantime, you can register your interest here.

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