Mathematics is one of the purest of all the fields of study, and gives logic and reason to all the applied fields. It is the universal language that transcends culture, religion and beliefs. In your GCSE studies, you have barely scraped the surface of the types of equations and fields of study that come under the umbrella of Mathematics. At A-Level you start to meet more of these, such as Logarithms and Calculus, to build up the key mathematical techniques you will need to study any science, technology, engineering or maths-based subjects at degree level.
The Course and Its Structure
The A-Level course has two distinct sections, Pure and Applied. Pure Maths is the study of concepts without application outside of mathematics, yet, as Maths and the world develop, many topics later have applications (for example internet banking would not work without prime numbers). Applied Maths is split into Statistics and Mechanics. Statistics shall be an extension of ideas you have previously met at GCSE, Mechanics is the study of objects at rest and in motion.
Examinations occur at the end of year 13, there will be 3 exams, 2 based on pure content, and the other on the applied content, split evenly between the Statistics and Mechanics. The pure content accounts for two thirds of your grade and the applied for a third.
This counts as an extra A-Level, and is strongly recommended for anyone wanting to study Maths, Physics or Engineering at a leading UK university. There is a different structure with 4 modules to be studied. There are 2 compulsory modules which extend your knowledge of pure mathematics, and 2 optional modules. The optional modules will be selected each year to match the strengths of the students, we select from Further Pure, Further Statistics, Further Mechanics, and Decision mathematics.
You shall sit 4 exams in the summer of year 13 each assessed via a 1½ hour exam in the summer and worth a quarter of the final grade.
There is no coursework involved for either Maths or Further Maths.
The Academy’s general entry criteria of a minimum of five 4s at GCSE applies. A grade 6 in Maths is required to study Maths A-Level, and a grade 8 to study Further Maths (or 7 in both Maths and Additional Maths).
To find out more about the A Level course, click here, to visit the Edexcel website.
Successful completion of A-Level Maths can lead to degrees and careers in the following:
To find out more about where Maths can take you, visit the Maths Careers website.