Mathematics A-Level

The Edexcel AS Level and A2 Level  Mathematics course has been designed to provide routes of progression between GCSE and Higher Education and/or employment. It has the flexibility to meet the diverse needs of the wide variety of learners needing mathematics at this level. The course is designed to help students to fulfil their potential by taking and enjoying mathematics which is relevant to their needs, post 16.

 

The qualification builds on and enhances many of the skills that students have learned in their GCSE studies.  It is ideal for students who have enjoyed the challenge of Mathematics at GCSE level and students who would like to study a Mathematical based subject after they leave college.

In both AS and A2 the course is split into 2 sections, Pure Mathematics (66.66%) and Statistics and Mechanics (33.33%).  The A Level course is designed to be taken over 2 years, with all assessment taking place at the end of the 2 years.  The AS course involves students taking exams at the end of Year 12 in the areas indicated below.  

 

Entry requirements

To take A Level Maths students must have achieved a Grade 7 in their GCSE Maths.

Course Content

A Level Mathematics          

  • Pure Mathematics - Proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration and vectors.

  • Statistics and Mechanics - Statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, statistical hypothesis testing, quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s Law.  

Assessment

A Level

  • Paper 1—Pure Mathematics

  • 2 hours (100 marks)

  • 33.3% of the A Level grade (calculators allowed)

 

  • Paper 2—Pure Mathematics

  • 2 hours (100 marks)

  • 33.3% of the A Level grade (calculators allowed)

 

  • Paper 3—Statistics and Mechanics

  • 2 hours (100 marks)

  • 33.3% of the A-Level grade (calculators allowed)

Future Prospects

Mathematics A Level is an extremely useful qualification to have no matter what you may choose to study next or if you decide to go straight into employment.  It is an essential qualification to be able study many subjects at university and is a requirement to get on courses such as Engineering, Chemistry, Computing, Dentistry, Economics, Physics, Accountancy, Actuarial Studies and, of course, Mathematics itself.  There are many other areas of study at university that an A Level in Mathematics would be very useful.  These include Medicine, Pharmacy, Sports Science, Veterinary Science and Psychology..

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