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.

Course Details 

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 subject 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