St Edward's Church of England Academy

Mathematics


Mathematics

Exam Type:Linear 2 year A-Level
Exam Board:Edexcel

About the Course

Mathematics and Further Mathematics are versatile qualifications, well-respected by employers and are both facilitating subjects for entry to higher education.

A level Mathematics is an interesting and challenging course which extends the methods you learned at GCSE and includes applications of Mathematics, such as Statistics and Mechanics. The mathematical skills learned at A level Mathematics are of great benefit in other A level subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, computing, Geography, psychology, economics and business studies.

It is expected that students will have achieved at least a Grade 7 in GCSE maths.

In Key Stage 5 we offer both A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. The units below are components covered throughout the two year course.

Pure Mathematics 1 and 2

  • This comprises two thirds of the total content of the course.  It focuses on Algebra and Functions, Coordinate Geometry, Sequences and Series, Differentiation, Integration, Exponentials and Logarithms, Vectors, Proofs and Problem Solving.

Statistics and Mechanics

  • Section A: Statistics- Sampling, Presentation of Data, Correlation; Probability; Statistical Distributions and Hypothesis Testing.
  • Section B: Mechanics- Modelling in Mechanics; Kinematics; Forces and Newton Laws; Moments; Variable acceleration.

Each paper is worth 100 marks and all three exams will be sat at the end of Year 13.  All papers carry equal weighting.

  • Paper 1:  Pure Mathematics 1 – 2hrs
  • Paper 2- Pure Mathematics 2 – 2hrs
  • Paper 3- Mechanics and Statistics – 2hrs

Employers highly value Mathematics qualifications as Mathematicians demonstrate the ability to think logically and analytically through solving problems.

There are many opportunities for further study which could lead to higher education and a range of careers including Accountancy, Banking, Chemistry, Physics, Actuarial Science, Medicine, Computing, Engineering and Teaching.