Mathematics

At a glance

Awarding Board: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Six GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language and Mathematics
Subject Specific: GCSE Mathematics grade 7

Assessment

Three 2 hour examinations at the end of Year 13
Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (33.3%)
Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (33.3%)
Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (33.3%)

Why choose A Level Mathematics?

Mathematics is a versatile, well respected A Level for students who really enjoy maths at GCSE and want to be challenged and stretched with more complex mathematical concepts and problems. If you are good at maths, and you enjoy it, then Mathematics A Level is the subject for you! An A Level in Mathematics will help develop your logical and analytical thinking.

Mathematics is a popular A Level, it is highly relevant as preparation for a number of degree courses and employment areas. It supports many other subjects at A Level including Physics, Biology and Chemistry. It is also useful for Geography and Psychology. An A Level in Mathematics is well recognised by employers and universities and there is evidence that having a higher-level mathematics qualification may boost your future earning potential

What will you study?

A Level Mathematics contains three elements:

  • Pure Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Statistics

Pure Mathematics includes: Proof, Algebra and Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and Logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Numerical Methods and Vectors.

Mechanics includes: Quantities and Units in Mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s Laws and Moments.

Statistics includes: Statistical Sampling, Data Presentation and Interpretation, Probability, Statistical Distributions and Statistical Hypothesis Testing.

How will you study?

The structure of lessons will be very similar to GCSE lessons. Lessons will begin with retrieval questions, consolidating key concepts and knowledge required for the lesson. This will then be followed by teacher led introduction of new concepts, consolidation activities and reflective independent work.

You will complete an assessment every half term, cumulatively assessing the knowledge and skills you have built up throughout the course. This assessment process will allow regular feedback and help identify areas of improvement.

Where will it take me?

Due to the wider analytical and problem-solving skills that are developed throughout the study of A Level Mathematics, there is a broad range of undergraduate courses or career paths that will value and suit your newfound skills.

Popular degree courses include: Accounting, Chemistry, Engineering, Economics or Computer Science.

Potential careers include: Engineer, Accountant, Actuary, Quantitative Analyst, Economics/ Financial Adviser, Cryptographer or Computer Animator.

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