Mathematics A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics

What will you be working towards?

Code UP21Ma
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

A Level mathematics is suitable for students who enjoy the rigour of the subject.  Since mathematics underpins so many other disciplines, this choice of A Level complements the study of a variety of other subjects and combines well with science, particularly physics and chemistry and for those wanting to follow a career in engineering.    

Details

A Level mathematics is suitable for students who enjoy the rigour of the subject.  Since mathematics underpins so many other disciplines, this choice of A Level complements the study of a variety of other subjects and combines well with science, particularly physics and chemistry and for those wanting to follow a career in engineering.   

The main part of the course is made up of pure mathematics which takes the algebra and trigonometry studied at GCSE to a higher level, and introduces the new field of calculus; one of the most important and powerful of all the areas of mathematics.  Both mechanics and statistics are compulsory units of the course.  The statistics module develops further the work covered at GCSE, exploring and extending the different ways of analysing data and drawing conclusions.  Many of these tools of analysis are also used in science and geography.  The mechanics unit supports work covered in physics.   

There is a significant emphasis upon explanatory approaches to learning through discussion and the use of mathematical modelling and problem solving.  In addition, lessons combine explanations of concepts and techniques covered with the opportunity for students to work individually and cooperatively to consolidate their understanding.   


How will it be delivered?

The course is assessed entirely by written examinations.  You will study three units in Year 12 and these are then extended further in Year 13. 

Paper 1: pure mathematics 1.  Two-hour examination.   

Paper 2: pure mathematics 2.  Two-hour examination.   

Paper 3: statistics and mechanics.  Two-hour examination.   


  

Entry requirements

5 GCSE's at level 5  or above and a Grade 6 in Mathematics (having completed the Higher course at GCSE)

Your next steps...

Our students have gone on to study mathematics or mathematics combined with a wide range of other subjects such as science, forensics, medicine, engineering, design, commerce, computer science, philosophy, the list is endless.  Mathematics is a universally recognised, valuable, and well-respected A Level to have.