Mathematics

Exam board: Edexcel
Guidance: Grade 7 or above in GCSE mathematics. This course requires grade 8/9 algebra so a 75% pass is required in an induction test sat within the first two weeks of the course. An induction day is run at the end of June for all prospective students.
Course Start Date: 09/2021
Course length: 2 Years
Course description

Mathematics is about the logical study of pattern in shape and number. In a complex world, professionals, managers, researchers etc. need to have analytical minds to solve difficult problems. Mathematics is the tool that allows you to do this. Competence in mathematics is highly regarded and valued in industry and commerce. Graduates in all subjects average 10% extra pay within 5 years if they have A level mathematics, in comparison with those who do not. There is no coursework element in the A2 mathematics course. There are also no specific synoptic papers in mathematics.

Course units

For the A level you will study three modules with exams being taken at the end of the year 13.

Pure mathematics:
Module P1 (a two hour paper worth 100 marks)
Core: covers algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequence and series, exponentials and
logarithms, vectors, trigonometry , differentiation and integration.
Module P2 (a two hour paper worth 100 marks)
Core: covers proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, further
trigonometry, further differentiation, further integration, numerical methods and vectors.

Applied mathematics:
Module SM (a two hour paper worth 100 marks)
Statistics: covers statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical
distribution and hypothesis.
Mechanics: covers kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments.

Assessment

See above

What can I go on to
You can study mathematics at university, perhaps in combination with another subject. Many university courses in science, engineering, computing and economics insist on A level mathematics as an entrance requirement. It also gives a positive advantage in many other areas of study such as geography and psychology.

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