A-level Mathematics

Head of Department

Miss H Pateman

Examining Body

Edexcel

Overview of the course:

A-Level Mathematics builds on GCSE Mathematics as well as introducing a number of new and exciting topics such as Statistics and Mechanics. This is a linear two year course with all final examinations taken at the end of the second year. Mathematics at this level, is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain a highly sought after qualification from future employers. Graduates of Mathematical based courses can go on to highly paid careers, often substantially higher than other disciplines.


What Will You Study:

Over the two year course you will study the following units:

Pure Mathematics:

● Topic 1 – Proof

● Topic 2 – Algebra and functions

● Topic 3 – Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane

● Topic 4 – Sequences and series

● Topic 5 – Trigonometry

● Topic 6 – Exponentials and logarithms

● Topic 7 – Differentiation

● Topic 8 – Integration

● Topic 9 – Numerical methods

● Topic 10 – Vectors

 

Statistics:

● Topic 1 – Statistical sampling

● Topic 2 – Data presentation and interpretation

● Topic 3 – Probability

● Topic 4 – Statistical distributions

● Topic 5 – Statistical hypothesis testing

 

Mechanics

● Topic 6 – Quantities and units in mechanics

● Topic 7 – Kinematics

● Topic 9 – Forces and Newton’s laws

● Topic 9 – Moments

 

Assessment:

At the end of the two-year course, students will sit three examination papers:

Paper 1:

  • Pure Mathematics 1
  • Worth 33.33% of the final grade
  • Two-hour paper
  • 100 marks available
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Paper 2:

  • Pure mathematics 2
  • Worth 33.33 % of the final grade
  • Two-hour paper
  • 100 marks available
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Paper 3:

  • Statistics and Mechanics
  • worth 33.33% of the final grade
  • Two-hour paper
  • 100 marks available
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Possible Career Paths:  

“Maths is the only A level proven to increase earnings in later life - by an average of 10%.”

(Source www.gov.uk/government/speeches/elizabeth-truss-on-support-for-maths-and-science-teaching)

 

There is a huge shortage of people with STEM skills needed to enter the workforce. As well as the most commonly thought of Mathematics based careers, there are a number of other career opportunities, for example:

  • Financial systems and online purchasing systems are underpinned by Mathematics, relying heavily on online security and encryption.
  • There are many new applications of Mathematics in technology as well as in engineering and science:
  • Games Design
  • Internet Security
  • Programming
  • Communications
  • Aircraft Modelling
  • Fluid Flows
  • Acoustic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Quantum Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Forensics
  • DNA Sequencing