Exam board: Edexcel
This course aims to develop the ability to apply mathematical skills and techniques in other subjects and to lay foundations for the further study of mathematics and other disciplines. In this course students will study Pure mathematics which pushes students to develop their algebraic skills of sequences and co-ordinate geometry as well as pushes them to new heights where they will learn about differentiation and integration. Students will also learn topics revolving around Statistics and Mechanics, this applied branch of Mathematics allows student to develop skills on how Maths is implemented in the real world to solve and model complex problems. In Statistics the emphasis is on analysing data and using this to test hypothesis and draw conclusions whilst Mechanics focuses on the laws of motion as well as forces acting on an object.
At A-Level the course is split into pure and applied with topics delivered outlined below
Pure 1 and 2 Content List
Unit 1 – Proof
Unit 2 – Algebra and functions
Unit 3 – Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
Unit 4 – Sequences and series
Unit 5 – Trigonometry
Unit 6 – Exponentials and logarithms
Unit 7 – Differentiation
Unit 8 – Integration
Unit 9 – Numerical methods
Unit 10 – Vectors
Unit 1 – Statistical sampling
Unit 2 – Data presentation and interpretation
Unit 3 – Probability
Unit 4 – Statistical distributions
Unit 5 – Statistical hypothesis testing
Unit 6 – Quantities and units in mechanics
Unit 7 – Kinematics
Unit 8 – Forces and Newton’s laws
Unit 9 – Moments
Assessments: Students are assessed at the end of each unit focusing on the aspects of that specific topics and for each unit the students shall be given a grade.
At the end of each term the students will be given an end-of-term assessment which covers content delivered for the entire term. This will be given a grade.
At the end of year 12 and at the end of the Autumn term in year 13 students will sit an internal assessment which will cover content across the whole course, this will be graded and allow us to see areas of development for revision during key stage 5.
On a weekly basis, students’ mathematical skills are checked using exercises from GCSE Higher tier topics and also topics learnt during key stage 5.
Students are given homework weekly and will usually cover the topics taught the previous week as a way of aiding with constant revision. Past exam papers are also used as an aid for revision.
This will always be set and due on a specific day, usually a Monday, and should be recorded in the student’s planner on this day.
All students are given access to www.mathswatchvle.com, this is an online learning hub where students can watch videos on the topics they have covered as well as answer interactive questions which are instantly marked so they are given feedback straight away to check understanding. Students could also use this to look ahead and begin to look up upcoming topics as a way to extend themselves independently.
On top of this there are a few more websites we can recommend all of which gives examples as well as practice questions for students to help with revision.
www.mathsgenie.com (video clips, exam questions as well as model solutions)
www.physicsandmathstutor.com( Exam questions as well as model solutions, topics based exercises and model solutions )
https://www.drfrostmaths.com (Power point slides of all key stage 5 topics, revision tests and exam questions)
This revision guide below caters for the whole 2 year course and includes revision and practice on the pure as well as applied aspects of A-Level Maths.
If you have a real passion for Mathematics and have achieved a grade 7 at GCSE, this course will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of algebraic concepts as well as discover brand new elements to the subject with will further peak your curiosity.
By taking and A-level in Maths you will also start to see where maths in used to solve more complex real life problems by studying the applied sections and how it links with Physics by working closely on the motion of object, as well as discovering how the probability of events is used in working out the spread of diseases.
An A-Level in Maths is always highly regarded and allows many doors to open in career paths later in life.
Maths is considered one of the most challenging courses and with that it is highly regarded by universities and employers. Not only does a qualification in maths show you are good with numbers it develops your analytical skills as well as problem solving, with this being highly sort after in the world of work showing adaptability as well as resilience.
Maths can lead to a myriad of courses in both further and higher education. Obvious careers may include accountancy, banking, engineering, medicine, computing and scientific statistical research. However, there are many other diverse areas where mathematical skills are recognised as invaluable and essential.
Follow the links below to find out more about careers involving Maths.
- Chartered accountant
- Data analyst
- Research scientist (maths)
- Secondary school teacher
- Software engineer
- Financial trader
- Game designer
- Quantity surveyor