A Level Mathematics
What is this subject about and where can it take me?
Mathematics A level is a qualification that is highly sought after and wellrespected by employers. Students who have studied maths at this level are in an excellent place when it comes to choosing careers. 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.
Students will have been successful at GCSE with at least a grade 6 in maths. The work they did for that qualification is the bedrock of the work they will see at A level, especially in algebra. But of course there will be new material and ideas, perfect for students who have an enquiring, logical and analytical mind. Working with proof and justifying results help them to formulate reasoned arguments and, importantly, students will have excellent numeracy skills and the ability to process and interpret data.
What skills will I develop?
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 mathematics and can apply them using models of physical situations (e.g. in statistics and mechanics).
Mathematics is a twoyear course. Two thirds is pure mathematics and one third is applied mathematics (mechanics and statistics). The pure mathematics builds on algebra and problem solving from GCSE Statistics allows students to analyse data and interpret probabilities. Mechanics is a branch of mathematics that deals with forces and motion. All students study both of the applied topics, statistics and mechanics.
Entry requirements
To study A level maths students must have achieved a grade 6 at GCSElevel in mathematics. Students will have good algebra skills and enjoy this part of the GCSE curriculum. They should have, or develop, a neat, detailed and methodical style of working. Students with this approach are likely to succeed at advanced level. Mathematics is a demanding and fastpaced subject, requiring discipline and application from the outset.
Alevel structure
 Paper 1 Pure mathematics 2 hrs. = 1/3 of Alevel
 Paper 2 Pure mathematics 2 hrs. = 1/3 of Alevel
 Paper 3 Statistics and Mechanics 2 hrs. = 1/3 of Alevel
This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.
What will I be taught?
Subject content – overarching themes
 Mathematical argument, language and proof
 Mathematical problem solving
 Mathematical modelling
Detailed subject content
 Proof
 Algebra and functions
 Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
 Sequences and series
 Trigonometry
 Exponentials and logarithms
 Differentiation
 Integration
 Numerical methods
 Vectors
 Statistical sampling
 Data presentation and interpretation
 Probability
 Statistical distributions
 Statistical hypothesis testing
 Quantities and units in mechanics
 Kinematics
 Forces and Newton’s laws
 Moments
A Level Mathematics  Exam Board: AQA  
Assessment  Papers  Topics Studies  Duration  Percentage of final qualification 
Examinations  1 
Any content from:

2 hours  (100 marks) 33.3% 
2 
Any content from Paper 1 and content from: Vectors

2 hours  (100 marks) 33.3%  
3 
Any content from Paper 1 and content from:

2 hours  (100 marks) 33.3%  
The Level 3 qualification will be graded on a fivepoint scale: A, B, C, D and E. 