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MathsA’ Level- Edexcel

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A Level Maths


 Course Leader: Linda Hinds


What is Maths?

The study of numbers, equations, functions, and geometric shapes and their relationships.


 A level Mathematics is an interesting and challenging course which extends the methods you learned at GCSE and includes applications of mathematics, such as Statistics and Mechanics Mathematics.  The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying A Level Mathematics make sure the qualification is widely respected even in non-mathematical arenas.


Why Study Maths?

“A-level maths is tremendously important. It provides a firm foundation for all scientific, technical, engineering and mathematical careers and a flying start for many other types of career, such as those in finance, medicine, agriculture … etc. The list is endless! "


Maths is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical, research and problem solving skills.  Not only will studying maths give you the knowledge to tackle scientific, mechanical, coding and abstract problems, it will also help you develop logic to tackle everyday issues like planning projects, managing budgets and even debating effectively.


What are the entry requirements?    Who would the course be suitable for?

Entry requirements are 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English and Maths with a grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths essential.


Mathematics students need to be good at thinking logically and analytically.  You need to enjoy solving problems both creatively and strategically, and be able to formulate reasoned arguments to justify your results and calculations.  Most importantly you will have excellent numeracy skills and the ability to process and interpret data.


What can you expect from this course?

 A Level Mathematics is split up into three strands:

  • Pure Core this makes up two-thirds of the qualification and provide the techniques in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus that form the fundamental building blocks of the subject
  • Statistics – Collecting and analysing data and using this to make predictions about future events. Many subjects make use of statistical information and techniques.  An understanding of probability and risk is important in careers like insurance, medicine, engineering and the sciences.
  • Mechanics – Modelling and analysing the physical world around us, including the study of forces and motion. Mechanics is useful to students studying physics and engineering


How is it assessed?

You will sit 3 papers at the end of 2 years. Each paper is 2 hours long. Papers 1 and 2 assess your Pure Core understanding, and paper 3 assesses your understanding of Statistics and Mechanics. Calculators can be used on all 3 papers.


What can I do with an A-Level in Maths?

The list is endless! People who have studied mathematics are in the fortunate position of having an excellent choice of career, including (but not limited to!):  Accounting, medicineengineering, forensic pathologyfinance, business, consultancy, teaching, IT, games development, scientific research, programming, civil service, design, construction and astrophysics to name a few.


For more information please refer to the Exam Board website


Who can I contact for further information?