A Level Mathematics
Head of Department: Mr S Jones
Syllabus Title: ALevel Mathematics
Exam Board: Edexcel
Length of course: 2 years
Entry requirements: GCSE grade 7 or above in Maths.
Description:
Students studying this course will learn about pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics. The pure mathematics builds on algebra and problem solving from GCSE, and statistics allows students to analyse data and interpret probabilities. Mechanics is a branch of mathematics that deals with forces and motion. The ALevel 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 mathematics and can apply them using models of physical situations.
Students will need good algebra skills and should have, or develop, a neat, detailed and methodical style of working. Mathematics is a demanding and fastpaced subject, and requires significant independent study outside of the classroom.
Topics studied in this course:
Mathematical argument, language and proof
Mathematical problem solving
Mathematical modelling
Pure Mathematics:

Proof

Algebra and functions

Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane

Sequences and series

Trigonometry

Exponentials and logarithms

Differentiation

Integration

Numerical methods
Mechanics:

Vectors

Quantities and units in mechanics

Kinematics

Forces and Newton’s laws

Moments
Statistics:

Statistical sampling

Data presentation and interpretation

Probability

Statistical distributions

Statistical hypothesis testing
Exam structure:
There are three papers, equally weighted and each worth 100 marks. Exams are 2 hours long.
Paper 1: Pure Mathematics  2hrs, 100 marks (⅓ total grade)
Paper 2: Pure Mathematics  2hrs, 100 marks (⅓ total grade)
Paper 3: Mechanics + Statistics  2hrs, 100 marks (⅓ total grade)
Post ALevel:
Most jobs and careers require the use of mathematics in some way, and it is particularly useful in employment sectors such as accountancy, banking and finance, management, environmental sciences, construction, engineering and manufacturing, medical technology, and science and research. Mathematics ALevel is a qualification that is highly sought after and wellrespected by employers. Students who have studied mathematics at this level are in an excellent place when it comes to employment. Science, engineering and manufacturing employers place a huge demand on the pool of available talent and careers for people with good maths skills are wellpaid, interesting and rewarding.
What the students say about this course:
“What I learn in Maths can be applied to my other subjects”
“This is a really useful subject for University, it’s seen as desirable and is considered ‘the centre of STEM’ so it’ll be helpful for me when I apply for Computer Science”
“Good for anything sciencerelated at University, it doesn’t have to be all Maths courses”
“It’s what I get up for in the morning  I love maths!”
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