A Level Mathematics is the key to a world of opportunity. If you wish to study engineering, physics, economics, or natural sciences at university, it will be essential. Mathematics will also be useful for biology, psychology, and computer-based courses.
Mathematics is a challenging subject, it’s important that you’re confident with both algebra and graphs, and prepared to work hard from the start!
A Level Mathematics offers a wide range of progression routes into Higher Education, in all areas of science, business, and engineering. On top of that, recent research shows that completing A Level Mathematics can increase your earning potential.
Pure 1 extends concepts learnt at GCSE such as working with algebraic expressions, solving equations and inequalities, and straight line coordinate geometry. These concepts are built on in topics such as circle coordinate geometry, binomial expansion, integration and differentiation.
Students will also undertake applied 1, covering content in both statistics and mechanics. In statistics, students will be working with large data sets and asked to understand, represent and analyse the data. Topics such as linear regression, probability and hypothesis testing will be covered, as well as familiar GCSE topics such as interpreting box plots and histograms. In mechanics, students will be introduced to both constant and variable acceleration, alongside an introduction to forces and Newton’s laws.
Students will sit a 2 hour paper in pure maths, and a 1.25 hour paper in the applied content.
This provides a foundation for students continuing onto the second year, building on the concepts learnt in year 1 to further their understanding. Pure 2 includes the introduction of new differentiation and integration techniques whilst also developing students algebraic work. The statistical content includes the normal distribution, conditional probability and more hypothesis testing. The mechanics content will extend the idea of forces and explore their application, along with studying projectiles, moments and friction.
Students will sit 3 2 hour papers – Pure 1, Pure 2 and an applied paper.
Progression can lead to Higher Education or into employment.
A Level Mathematics offers a wide range of progression routes into Higher Education in all areas of science, business, and engineering.
One final thought - recent research shows that completing A Level Mathematics can increase your earning potential!