A-Level Mathematics

Overview

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas

-Albert Einstein


A level Mathematics gives you the opportunity to study topics such as geometry, calculus and trigonometry (pure mathematics) and to use these ideas within the 'applied' topics such as mechanics and statistics.

A-Level Maths will secure you with the knowledge and confidence to carry out tasks you’re likely to want to do in the future, such as: work out the best way to pay off student debts, choose the most cost-effective mortgage, and make sensible investments.

Key Information

  • Qualification: A-Level

  • Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements

  • English 5+

  • Maths 7+

  • Double Science 5+|5+

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Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1

  • Topic 1 – Proof

  • Topic 2 – Algebra and functions

  • Topic 3 – Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane

  • Topic 4 – Sequences and series

  • Topic 5 – Trigonometry

  • Topic 6 – Exponentials and logarithms

  • Topic 7 – Differentiation

  • Topic 8 – Integration

  • Topic 9 – Numerical methods

  • Topic 10 – Vectors

  • Paper is a 2-hour written examination

  • Paper is 33.33% of the qualification

  • Paper is 100 marks


Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2

  • Topic 1 – Proof

  • Topic 2 – Algebra and functions

  • Topic 3 – Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane

  • Topic 4 – Sequences and series

  • Topic 5 – Trigonometry

  • Topic 6 – Exponentials and logarithms

  • Topic 7 – Differentiation

  • Topic 8 – Integration

  • Topic 9 – Numerical methods

  • Topic 10 – Vectors

  • Paper is a 2-hour written examination

  • Paper is 33.33% of the qualification

  • Paper is 100 marks

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics

  • Section A: Statistics

  • Topic 1 – Statistical sampling

  • Topic 2 – Data presentation and interpretation

  • Topic 3 – Probability

  • Topic 4 – Statistical distributions

  • Topic 5 – Statistical hypothesis testing

  • Section B: Mechanics

  • Topic 6 – Quantities and units in mechanics

  • Topic 7 – Kinematics

  • Topic 8 – Forces and Newton’s laws

  • Topic 9 – Moments

  • 2-hour written examination

  • 33.33% of the qualification

  • 100 marks

Progression


Students studying mathematics most commonly progress onto University or an Apprenticeship. There is significant evidence that if you take A-Level Maths, you are more likely to earn more in your career. A study from 2016 suggested that those who took A-Level Mathematics earned 11% more in their early 30s than those who did not.(Mathspire.com)


Occupations that are commonly associated with Maths include:

  • Civil engineering

  • Forensics

  • DNA Sequencing

  • Internet security

  • Programming

  • Data science

  • Psychology

  • Law

  • Electronics

What goes well with Mathematics?

  • Business

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

  • Psychology