A Level

A Level

Key stage 5 Mathematics

This section of the website is for Maths information specific to years 12 and 13.

What courses are available ?

A Level Mathematics

In the first year of the sixth form, students will take an AS course, which comprises of three modular units. Currently the marks can be used to claim an AS qualification at the end of the first year, or as 50% of an A level. (Edexcel Specification 8371)

Success at AS level will enable students to take an A2 course in the second year of the sixth form. This comprises a further three modules which contribute the remaining 50% of the total A level marks.

A Level Mathematics and A Level Further Mathematics

Students with a particular strength or passion for Mathematics can opt to take Further Mathematics A-Level alongside the normal A-Level in Mathematics. Students study 6 Core modules, 2 Statistics modules, 2 Mechanics modules and 2 Decision modules over the course of the two years. Some of these will be studied during Option-K. This course takes up two Option Boxes and counts as two subjects.

Further Mathematics is an ideal choice for pupils who are considering studying maths, science or engineering at University. Most students achieve 2 Maths A Levels at least at grade A and go on to study at top Universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

Over the two years we use the Edexcel Specifications (9371 and 9372).

A Level Mathematics and AS Further Mathematics

This course is designed for very strong mathematicians who do not necessarily wish to take up two option boxes. Students study 9 modules over two years instead of 6. They will study some of the course in Option-K and will attain one A level in Maths and one AS level in further maths at the end of the two years. (Edexcel Specification 9371 and 8372)

Course Structure

AS Mathematics

For AS Mathematics, students study 2 compulsory Core modules (C1 and C2) and 1 Statistics (S1) module. We currently use the Edexcel Specification (8371).

The Core modules build on the following GCSE topics:

  • Simplifying algebra
  • Solving equations
  • Graphs
  • Sequences
  • Trigonometry

And also introduce topics such as:

  • Differentiation
  • Integration

 The Statistics module builds on the following GCSE topics:

  • Probability
  • Drawing and interpreting statistical diagrams
  • Measures of average and spread

And also introduces new topics such as:

  • Probability distributions e.g. normal and binomial
  • Regression

A2 Mathematics

Success at AS level will enable students to take an A2 course in Mathematics in the second year of the sixth form. We continue with the Edexcel Specification (9371).

This involves studying another 2 Core modules (C3 & C4) and another applied module.

Assessment

All modules carry equal weighting and all examinations are of 1 hour 30 minutes duration.

AS MATHEMATICS

A2 MATHEMATICS

Module

Month of Exam

Module

Month of Exam

Core 1

June (Y12)

Core 3

June (Y13)

Core 2

June (Y12)

Core 4

June (Y13)

Applied 1

June (Y12)

Applied 2

June (Y13)

 

 FURTHER MATHEMATICS

 FURTHER MATHEMATICS

Module

Month of Exam

Module

Month of Exam

Core 1

June (Y12)

Core 4

June (Y13)

Core 2

June (Y12)

Further Pure 1

June (Y13)

Core 3

June (Y12)

Further Pure 2

June (Y13)

Decision 1

June (Y12)

Statistics 2

June (Y13)

Mechanics 1

June (Y12)

Mechanics 2

June (Y13)

Statistics 1

June (Y12)

Mechanics 3

June (Y13)

 

 MATHEMATICS + AS FURTHER

  MATHEMATICS + AS FURTHER

Module

Month of Exam

Module

Month of Exam

Core 1

June (Y12)

Core 4

June (Y13)

Core 2

June (Y12)

Further Pure 1

June (Y13)

Core 3

June (Y12)

Statistics 2

June (Y13)

Decision 1

June (Y12)

Mechanics 2

June (Y13)

Mechanics 1

June (Y12)

  

 

What skills will students gain?

The Units are designed to encourage students to:

  • Develop their understanding of Mathematics in a way which promotes confidence and enjoyment;
  • Develop abilities to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning, to generalise and to construct Mathematical proofs;
  • Extend their range of Mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems;
  • Develop an understanding of coherence and progression in Mathematics and of how different areas of Mathematics can be linked;
  • Recognise how Mathematics can be used to understand relationships in the real world;
  • Communicate using Mathematics;
  • Understand Mathematical arguments;
  • Acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and to recognise their limitations;
  • See the relevance of Mathematics in other fields of study.

What are the entry requirements ?

The entry requirement for all courses is a minimum of a grade B at GCSE. Students need to have studied GCSE Maths at Higher Tier. Students wishing to take the Further Maths A Level or Further Maths AS Level should ideally have gained an A or A* at GCSE and wherever possible have an additional GCSE qualification such as Statistics or Additional Maths.

If students have any questions over their suitability for any of the courses on offer, they are strongly encouraged to speak to their Maths teacher or the Head of Department.

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