Mathematics

A-Level Mathematics

Exam Board: Edexcel

Introduction:

Mathematics is a great subject choice and will put you in an extremely good position when applying to universities or for jobs. Many students consider A Level Mathematics to be a difficult, challenging subject. That is hard to understand, but if you break down the modules you can get a better understanding of how Mathematics works and use this to your advantage. There is a national shortage of mathematicians and employment prospects are good.

The aims of this qualification are to enable students to understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for students to progress and further study, extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and apply mathematics in other fields of study.  They will develop their awareness of the relevance of mathematics in the world of work and in situations in society in general.

Where does it Lead to?

Mathematical ability is very highly regarded by both universities and employers. An A Level in Mathematics is essential for many degree courses such as Physics, Engineering and, of course, Mathematics itself, and is highly desirable in a wide range of subjects such as Chemistry, Natural Sciences, Architecture, Computing and Accounting.

 Course Detail:

This is a two year linear course and students will sit their examinations at the end of the second year.

Examination Details: 3 x 2 hour, written papers which are worth 100% of the final grade

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics (Paper code: 9MA0/01)

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics (Paper code: 9MA0/02)

Each Paper is a 2 hour written examination, 33.33% of the qualification, 100 marks

  1. Proof
  2. Algebra and Functions
  3. Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
  4. Sequences and Series
  5. Trigonometry
  1. Exponentials and Logarithms
  2. Differentiation
  3. Integration
  4. Numerical methods
  5. Vectors

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (Paper code: 9MA0/03)

2 hour written examination, 33.33% of the qualification, 100 marks Content overview

Section A: Statistics

  1. Statistical sampling
  2. Data presentation and interpretation
  3. Probability
  4. Statistical distributions
  5. Statistical hypothesis and testing

Section B: Mechanics

  1. Quantities and units in mechanics
  2. Kinematics
  3. Forces and Newton’s laws
  4. Moments

Key Contact: Maths KS5 Coordinator - Mrs J Kaye-Taylor (joanne.kaye@slougheton.com)