Mathematics A Level -
SPECIFICATION TO BE CONFIRMED: likely to be EDEXCEL 9MA0
WHY STUDY MATHEMATICS?
Mathematics is a challenging but rewarding subject, building on the foundations students have in place from GCSE. For this reason, students ideally need to have achieved GCSE Mathematics grade A or A*. A Level Mathematics extends many of the topics previously studied at GCSE, and introduces students to new areas of mathematics, such as calculus and mechanics. Other subjects that work well alongside A Level Mathematics include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Computing, Geography and other Social Sciences.
THE A LEVEL PROGRAMME OF STUDY
Likely to be:
proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, vectors
proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, differentiation, integration, numerical methods
statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, hypothesis testing, quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws, moments
HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Students with an A Level in Mathematics can progress to degrees such as Mathematics and Engineering, as well as the Sciences, Social Sciences (e.g., Economics) or Computing. Very good careers beckon A Level mathematicians - e.g., Actuaries, Accountants.
A CURRENT STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE
“It was a ‘calculated’ move on my part to take A Level Mathematics! I’ve learnt lots of new stuff which has helped with my other A Levels, and it has strengthened my application to study Engineering at university.”
- Liz Perrin, Year 13
SUBJECT SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
It is very difficult to succeed at A Level Mathematics without a strong grasp of higher level GCSE Mathematics, particularly algebra. Therefore, only students gaining grade 7, 8 or 9 at GCSE will be given automatic entry onto the course. Students gaining grade 6 may be considered on an individual basis provided they have studied the full higher tier GCSE Mathematics course, have successfully completed the summer holiday bridging pack, and have had a conversation with either Miss Flawn or Mrs Forrester before beginning the course. Students will also be required to have grade 4 or above in English GCSE.