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Mathematics AS/A Level
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

Entry Requirements

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.

Careers

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.

Further Mathematics AS/A Level
A Level further mathematics (7 units)

This course is more commonly known as double mathematics. The large varied syllabus includes topics such as, higher level algebra, trigonometry, complex numbers, proof, matrices and vectors.

Students successfully completing this course will be awarded two grades at advanced level.

Students studying AS level further mathematics take  both compulsory maths units studied as part of the AS mathematics course. In addition they study two further mathematics units.

In addition to the AS mathematics units Paper 1 and 2

> Paper 1:  Further Pure Mathematics 1 (50% of grade; 100 mins exam; 80 marks)

> Paper 2:  Further Mathematics Option. One of – Further Pure Maths 2; Further Statistics; Further Mechanics; Decisions maths (50% of grade; 100 mins exam; 80 marks)

Students studying A level further mathematics take all three of the A level mathematics units.

In addition they study four further mathematics units.

> Paper 1: Further Pure Mathematics 1 (25% of grade; 1.5 hour exam; 75 marks)

> Paper 2: Further Pure Mathematics 2 (25% of grade; 1.5 hour exam; 75 marks)

> Paper 3: Further Mathematics (Option 1 25% of grade; 1.5 hour exam 75 marks)

> Paper 4 Further Mathematics (Option 2 25% of grade; 1.5 hour exam 75 marks)

Option 1 and 2 are made up of either:

> Further Pure Mathematics > Further Statistics

> Further Mechanics > Decision Mathematics

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 5 and above. Students are expected to have gained at least a grade 7 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 module

> Past examination paper booklets

Careers

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.