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A Level Maths Course Information

 

MATHEMATICS - EDEXCEL
Prerequisites :
 
 
GCSE Grade 7 to 9 (A high grade 6 may be acceptable)
Good Subject Combinations
 
 
Physics, Geography, Biology, Sociology, Chemistry and Psychology
Possible Career Pathways
 
 
Accounting, Finance, Teaching, Statistical work, Engineering, Computing, Management
 
  • Our students excel at A level mathematics. Approximately 30% of our students gain an A*/A grade and 75% gain an A* to C each year (from 2010 to 2017 )
  • The new A Level Maths course consists of pure maths, statistics and mechanics. All are examined.
  • Pure Maths consists of topics involving algebra, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry and some numerical work.
  • Mechanics is closely related to Physics and includes topics involving force, mass, weight, velocity, acceleration, power, gravity, work, moments, momentum, energy etc.
  • If you intend studying Physics maths complements it well as there is an overlap of content.
  • Statistics is a continuation and development of some of the work that you did at GCSE – topics include mean, median, mode, range, quartiles, histograms, cumulative frequency, interquartile range, standard deviation, variance, sampling, hypothesis testing, probability, correlation etc.
  • The techniques used in statistics are useful if you intend studying Biology, Sociology, Psychology, and Geography.
  • You can use a calculator in every paper and indeed there is an expectation that all students have a calculator with statistical tables. We recommend a Casio fx-991EX Classwiz.
  • It is intended that you will sit the full A level at the end of year 13, however students may be advised to sit the A/S at the end of year 12 if they are struggling with the demands of the A level.
 
A/S Maths ( End of year 12 )
Paper 1: Pure Maths                                     100 marks           2 hours
Paper 2: Statistics and Mechanics                 60 marks            1 Hour 15 mins
 
A Level Maths ( End of year 13 )
Paper 1: Pure Maths                                     100 marks           2 hours
Paper 2: Pure Maths                                     100 marks           2 hours
Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics                100 marks           2 hours

 

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