BASIC COURSE DETAILS
A level Maths is a two-year course, which prepares students for the Edexcel specification examination.
Amongst other things, A Level Maths involves:
- The tools to analyse situations
- Modelling methods used to solve everyday problems
- Making decisions based on the interpretation of data.
IS IT FOR ME?
Maths A-Level is accessible to students having followed Higher GCSE Mathematics and preferably attained at least a grade 6. All you need is a graphical calculator and a willingness to work hard to be successful in mathematics.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Maths A Level is made up of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. The pure mathematics will include topics such as: algebra and functions; proof; co-ordinate geometry; vectors; differentiation; integration; exponentials and logarithms. The applied mathematics will include both mechanics and statistics topics such as: kinematics; forces and Newton’s laws; moments; data presentation and interpretations; probability; statistical distributions and hypothesis testing.
WHAT DOES STUDYING MATHS LEAD ON TO?
A level Maths provides the foundation for a maths degree as well as a variety of other degrees such as: physics, economics, engineering, medicine, veterinary science and agriculture. Today, many of the most exciting new careers require a foundation in mathematics. Game design, app development, astronomy – some of the most stimulating job roles are filled with mathematics specialists.
Whatever your future plans, studying A Level Maths will stretch your mind and endow you with abilities that stay with you for life. Whether you’re deciphering statistics or managing a budget, your mathematical background will help you to think logically, analyse data and express yourself clearly. These are fantastically valuable, transferrable skills which are highly prized by employers across every field, as well as giving you a boost on a personal level.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
The course will be assessed at the end of the two years by three written papers. Paper one and two (2 hours each) will include all core elements of the course and is worth 66% of the overall grade. Paper three (2 hours) will include the applied elements of the course, worth 33% of the overall grade.