Course Full Title: A Level Mathematics
Exam Board: Edexcel
Specification Code: 9MA0
Why study Mathematics?
Mathematics is the basis of many future career paths, (Engineering, Finance, Science, Computing, Politics…) and is recognised by the Russell Group Universities as an important subject that facilitates understanding in a wide range of disciplines. Of the 60 most popular degree courses 28 require Maths and an additional 9 recommend it. This includes courses such as Aeronautical Engineering, Medicine and Architecture. Additionally, students who study maths go on to earn approximately 10-15% more over their lifetime that others. The study of maths is the study of problem solving. It will give you the tools to approach a variety of jobs and situations with confidence. It shows universities and employers that you are versatile and capable. The A Level introduces the concepts of Calculus into your Mathematical tool kit as well finding out what Trigonometry is really all about (Hint it’s not just SOHCAHTOA!). Statistics introduces hypothesis testing and deep statistical analysis whilst the Mechanics aspects link well with the Physics A Level and introduce the idea of using Mathematics to model motion. The course is built around sharing ideas and exploring problems with your peers and your teachers.
What is the course structure?
A Level Maths will be studied over a two-year period and consist of three units, Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics. The examination is split as follows:
- Pure Mathematics 1 – 2 hour written exam – 100 marks – 33.3% of A Level.
- Pure Mathematics 2 – 2 hour written exam – 100 marks – 33.3% of A Level.
- Statistics and Mechanics – 2 hour written exam – 100 marks – 33.3% of A Level.
How will I be assessed?
A range of homework tasks and assessments will be used during the course to ensure success in the final examination. You will have independent tasks which you will mark and we will check, assessed end of topic homework tasks and Key Assessments throughout the course to check understanding and give you areas for development. Your teachers will assess your understanding informally in class and use a range of tools to ensure you have a firm grasp of your strengths and areas for development.
What are the entrance requirements?
- Grade 7 or above in Maths (students with Grade 6 will be considered on a case by case basis)
- 5 or more grades 5-9; including equivalents across at least 5 subjects
- English Language Grade 5 or above
- Average GCSE GRADE of at least 4.75 (average of ALL GCSE full courses taken).