A Level Mathematics (3 units)
The A level mathematics course aims to develop mathematical knowledge, concepts, processes and skills in a variety of contexts so that students appreciate the relationships between the various areas of pure mathematics and can be apply them to physical situations. Basic algebra, will be familiar from higher end GCSE but the course extends into more complex algebra, quadratics, trigonometry and calculus. The applied component of the course includes compulsory 50% mixture of mechanics and statistics. Students studying AS mathematics take a compulsory pure maths unit and an applied statistics and mechanics unit at the end of year 12.
> Paper 1 Pure Mathematics: 62.5% of grade; 2 hour exam; 100 marks
> Paper 2 Statistics & Mechanics: 37.5% of grade; 1 hour exam; Stats 25 marks; Mechanics 25 marks
Students studying A level mathematics take two compulsory pure maths units and an applied statistics and mechanics unit at the end of year 13.
> Paper 1 Pure Mathematics 1 (AS content tested at A level content) 33% of grade; 2 hour exam; 100 marks
> Paper 2 Pure Mathematics 2 33% of grade; 2 hour exam; 100 marks
> Paper 3 Statistics & Mechanics 33% of grade; 2 hour exam; Stats 50 marks; Mechanics 50 marks
A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 5 and above. Students are expected to have gained at least a grade 6 in GCSE mathematics.
Recommended support materials and revision guides
Edexcel aims to provide the most comprehensive support for our qualifications. They have therefore published their own dedicated suite of resources for teachers and students written by qualification experts. The resources for Mathematics (Edexcel) include:
> Edexcel text books for each individual exam.
> Past examination paper booklets.
What can I do after I’ve completed the course?
Mathematics is a highly regarded A level to have achieved and forms an integral part in the study of many subjects in further education. The course provides students with a foundation for further study at higher education. More importantly it leads to many varied careers in areas such as, finance, computing, engineering, business, education, medicine, scientific research, all science related careers and many more.