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Qualification type:

A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades):

5 in Maths Higher Tier Only


Mathematics GCSE Entry criteria:

3 in Maths GCSE


Subject description:

Mathematics is a uniquely exciting, powerful, rewarding and challenging subject. You will study many new areas of Mathematics as well as explore some familiar topics in a great deal more depth. You will develop your powers of analysis and your ability to deal with abstract concepts such as mathematical proof.


The content of the A Level Mathematics consists of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. Pure Mathematics includes proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the x-y plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, numerical methods, vectors.


Mechanics includes quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and newton’s laws, moments Statistics includes statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, statistical hypothesis testing. 


How the course is assessed:

There will be three examination papers at the end of the course. All papers are 2 hours long and are equally weighted.

1.  Pure Mathematics

2. Pure Mathematics and Statistics

3. Pure Mathematics and Mechanics


Post-18 opportunities:

Recent research showed that graduates with A Level Maths earned, on average, 10% more than those without. Mathematics is essential if you wish to study Mathematics, Engineering or Physical Sciences at degree level. It is considered valuable as a supporting subject to many varied degree courses such as Geography, Law, Computing, Economics, Biology and Medicine. It is an impressive A Level to be able to put on any application form.


Teacher responsible:  Mr A Gemmell.