Mathematics should be studied for its inherent elegance as a way of viewing the world around us. Over two years you will study and investigate a wide range of mathematical concepts. If you enjoyed the challenge of problem solving in your Maths GCSE, you will definitely find A Level Mathematics an appealing choice.
The content of A Level Mathematics splits broadly into the following two strands: Pure Maths and Applied Maths (Statistics and Mechanics).
Two-thirds: Pure Maths extends work covered at GCSE on algebra, trigonometry and graphs, as well as introducing brand new topics such as logarithms, calculus and vectors.
One-sixth: Statistics allows us to investigate real-world data. You will learn to make predictions and assess the validity of certain statistical models used to analyse the ever-changing world around us.
One-sixth: Mechanics describes the motion of objects and how they respond to forces, from cars in the street to satellites revolving around a planet.
This course is an award of EDEXCEL. Visit the EDEXCEL website to read the course specifications.
Students must have a minimum of Grade 6 in GCSE Maths (although Grade 7 or above is preferred). Students are also required to pass an entrance test before starting the course.
You will need to purchase the Casio Fx-991EX calculator for the course as well as a textbook.
You will discover and explore Maths by discussion and group work as well as independent research and practical work.
There will be regular homework and class tests to prepare for the final exams. Assessment is by examination at the end of the two years of study:
Paper 1 and Paper 2 – Pure Maths
Paper 3 – Statistics and Mechanics
The content from both years of study are examined in these three papers.
Mathematics is a versatile A Level choice and is highly regarded by Higher Education establishments. Maths is a key component of many degree courses, including computer science, engineering, natural sciences, economics, medicine, geography, architecture and, of course, Mathematics itself. Graduates go on to have a wide range of careers in any job where logical thought and problem solving are required such as accountancy, computing, scientific research and medicine.
Meet the A Level expert
Since graduating from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Mathematics, Martin has worked in several colleges throughout the UK, teaching a wide range of Maths qualifications.
Martin said: “I believe this course improves students’ life skills, supports their study of other subjects and, perhaps most importantly, gives them an opportunity to enjoy and challenge themselves with further mathematical study.”