The A level course takes your ability to answer mathematical problems at GCSE and extend them into real world modelling by providing you with even more core mathematics skills. Through independent learning, classroom discussion and challenging concepts, we will develop your thinking and mathematical skills in a way that builds a deep understanding, preparing you for University.
The key skills which underpin the study of maths at Key Stage 5 are to develop fluency, the ability to reason and to apply mathematical knowledge to problem solving. The topic areas covered in this qualification are split into three main sections: Pure, Mechanics and Statistics. The content within these sections are outline below:
Pure Mathematics 1
Quadratics, inequalities, graphs & transformations, circles, polynomial division, proof, binomial expansion, trigonometric identities and equations, vectors, differentiation, integration, exponentials & logarithms
Pure Mathematics 2
Proof, partial fractions, sequences & series, binomial expansion, radians, trigonometric functions, parametric equations, differentiation, integration, numerical methods and vectors
Statistics and Mechanics
Measures of location and spread, representations of data, regression & correlation, conditional probability, statistical distributions, hypothesis testing, normal distribution, forces and motion, variable acceleration, moments, projectiles and applications of forces
The assessment structure is 100% exam. There are three exams, equally weighted, each 2 hours with calculators allowed. At this point in time, Edexcel have currently chosen to put Pure, Statistics and Mechanics into all three papers.
Maths is recognised by universities as a 'facilitating subject' which means it is highly valued on any degree course, as the skills underpin many professions and subjects. In addition to studying Maths at university, the A level is normally a pre-requisite to any degree with a high maths content such as Engineering or Computer Science, and is also very useful for any Science degree. Maths is also useful for architecture, and higher level courses or careers in finance, economics and accounting.
5 GCSEs at grades 9-4 including a grade 6 in Maths.