About the course:
Mathematics A-level is taught over 6 lessons a week. Four of these lessons are on Pure Mathematics and the other two are for Mechanics and Statistics.
The aims and objectives of Maths A-level are to enable you to:
● understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study
● extend your range of mathematical skills and techniques
● understand coherence and progression in mathematics and how different areas of mathematics are connected
● apply mathematics in other fields of study and be aware of the relevance of mathematics to the world of work and to situations in society in general
● use your mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts, and communicate the mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly
The areas of study are;
- 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
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
What is expected of you:
We have the following expectations to help you achieve the best possible grade and to make teaching and learning enjoyable.
We expect you to continue your studies outside of lesson time. You should put in at least 30 minutes extra per 50 minutes lesson of study. This excludes time spend on completing homework. You must do this to strengthen your understanding.
You must complete assigned homework. It is essential to independently assess your own work and understanding. If you are struggling or cannot answer certain questions you must seek help.
You must have at least 90+% attendance. If you are absent you must speak to your teacher and ensure you catch up on your work.
What it prepares you for:
It is a universally highly regarded course, although some employers require or expect other specific qualifications. Others departments will often like to see additional qualifications which balance the skills developed in mathematics.
How will it be assessed?
The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics consists of three externally-examined papers.
Students will complete all assessment in May/June in Year 13.
Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (*Paper code: 9MA0/01)
Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (*Paper code: 9MA0/02)
Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (*Paper code: 9MA0/03)
Each paper is: 2 hours written examination 33.33% of the qualification 100 marks
A minimum of a Level 7 in 9-1 GCSE Mathematics
Level 3 A-Level
For more information:
If you are an internal applicant, please talk to your mathematics teacher about the possibility of studying A-level in the sixth form. Alternatively, you may choose to talk to Mrs Chapman (Subject Lead)
If you are an external applicant and would like more details about this course please email firstname.lastname@example.org