Maths

Mathematics A Level

Examination Board

Edexcel 


Mathematics is a versatile qualification, well-respected by employers but also a facilitating subject for entry to higher education. Careers for men and women with good mathematical skills and qualifications are not only well paid, but they are also often interesting and rewarding


Why should I study Mathematics?

The reason why so many employers highly value mathematics qualifications is mathematics students become better at thinking logically and analytically. Through solving problems you develop resilience and are able to think creatively and strategically. The writing of structured solutions, proof and justification of results help you to formulate reasoned arguments. And importantly you will have excellent numeracy skills and the ability to process and interpret data. 
 
For progression to many courses at university it is important to have strong mathematics skills. For most science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree course A level Mathematics is a requirement .
 
The mathematical skills you learn in A level Mathematics are of great benefit in other A level subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, computing, geography, psychology, economics and business studies.

 


What will I learn?

In the first year you will study the basic skills that you will require in Maths A’ level; you will gain further practise in algebra and co-ordinate geometry and be introduced to differentiation and integration. Later on in the first year you gain a deeper understanding on algebra and functions, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms and further differentiation and integration.
 
Then you will go on to study application of mathematics in Statistics where you will study numerical measures, probability, distribution, estimation and Correlation and regression.  You will also study application of mathematics in Mechanics where you will study kinematics in one, two and three dimensions, Newton’s laws of motion, connected particles and mathematical modelling.
 
In your second year you will go on to further algebra and functions, further trigonometry, further exponentials and logarithms and further differentiation and integration. In the second part of that year you will look at  co-ordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, further sequences and series, further trigonometry, exponential growth and decay, vectors and further differentiation and integration. You also go in depth with applied side of mathematics mechanics and statistics.
 
How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed entirely through exams, with no coursework. You’ll take three written exam papers of equal value, at the end of your second year of study. Pure 1, Pure 2 and Applied.

 

 

Year 12
 
Pure 1

• Algebra and Functions

• Coordinate Geometry

• Trigonometry

• Vectors

• Differentiation 

• Integration

• Exponential and Logarithms
 
Applied 1
 
Statistics 

• Statistical Sampling 

• Data presentation and interpretation

• Probability

• Statistical distributions

• Statistical hypothesis testing
 
Mechanics

• Kinematics 1

• Force & Newton’s Laws

•Kinematics 2

 


Year 13
 
Pure 2

• Functions and modelling

• Series and sequences

• The Binomial theorem

• Trigonometry

• Parametric equations

• Further Differentiation

• Numerical methods

• Further integration

• Vectors 3D
 
Applied 2
 
Statistics 

• Regression and Correlation

• Further probability

• The Normal distribution
 
Mechanics

• Moments

• Forces at any angle

• Applications of kinematics

• Applications of forces

• Further kinematics.