Examination Board: Edexcel

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Mrs Sarah Jenkins

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Why Study Mathematics?

You may wish to consider the continued study of Mathematics because you enjoy logical thinking, want to find out more about how Mathematics is used in the real world, derive satisfaction from problem solving or wish to delve deeper into the mathematical ideas introduced at GCSE level. Mathematics complements a vast number of other subjects as well as being an important qualification in its own right and is an essential qualification for some career and higher education opportunities. A good grade can lead to a wide range of mathematical subjects at higher education and supports scientific and technical subjects which always have a mathematical component. 

Course Details – Exam Board: Edexcel

A Level Mathematics consists of three elements, pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics. Pure mathematics develops aspects of the subject already met at GCSE, such as quadratic equations, coordinate geometry and trigonometry, while introducing new fields such as calculus and logarithms. The statistics content combines more sophisticated ways of interpreting and processing data, such as linear regression and standard deviation, with an extension of the fundamentals of probability that were introduced at GCSE. Meanwhile mechanics covers the use of the formulae for uniform acceleration, in conjunction with the application of Newton’s laws of motion. All three aspects are covered in Year 12 before being re-visited in greater depth and complexity in Year 13. Assessment for A level will have a weighting of 2/3 pure mathematics, 1/6 mechanics and 1/6 statistics.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to achieve at least a Grade 6 at GCSE level Maths.


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