A-Level Mathematics

Exam board: Edexcel

Curriculum Content in each year:

Pure Mathematics

  • Proof
  • Algebra and functions
  • Co-ordinate geometry
  • Sequences and series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical methods
  • Vectors

Statistics and Mechanics

  • Statistical sampling
  • Data representation and interpretation
  • Probability
  • Statistical distributions
  • Statistical hypothesis testing
  • Quantities and units in mechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton’s laws
  • Moments

For more information, please find the link to the Edexcel specification below:

How it will be taught: All topics from Pure Mathematics will be taught in both years, with the more advanced content for each topic being taught in year 13. Statistics and Mechanics will be taught interchangeably over the two years.

Assessment: The course content consists of pure (2 exams) and applied (1 exam) maths. The pure content will be covered over two papers; the material for the first will be covered in year 12 and the second paper will be more advanced content mostly covered in year 13. This will build on the skills covered in GCSE mathematics. The applied paper will be split into mechanics and statistics and will be covered over both years. All exams will take place at the end of year 13

Specific entry requirements: GCSE Mathematics grade 7 or above.

Please note that to take this subject you must be prepared to undertake some pre-requisite work before September in preparation for an assessment of skills in the first half of the Autumn term.Future opportunities: Mathematics is useful in all areas of life but is also fascinating in its own right; mathematics looks at some of the world’s most intricate and exciting problems and at A Level you get the tools to approach them at a higher level. A Level mathematics supplies students with logic and critical thinking skills and will be useful and exciting regardless of where it is taken.


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