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A Level: Mathematics

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Code 129
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


What is Mathematics? The abstracts science of number, quantity and space studied in its own right as pure Mathematics or as applied to other disciplines such as physics, Engineering and Statistics. Why study Mathematics? To develop the powers of logic, reasoning and problem solving.

The full specification can be accessed from the link below. We do not offer an AS level in Mathematics at St Paul’s any longer. For the new A levels, however, the AS course is exactly identical to the year 12 scheme of study. You will be required to sit a diagnostic entry assessment, which is in conjunction with all 6th form Mathematics A’ level providers across the Leicester city area (including all the 6th form centres).



AS & A level: Pure mathematics includes proof, algebra, graphs, sequences, trigonometry, logarithms, calculus and vectors. A level only: Learners study these topics in more depth and also study functions, numerical methods and differential equations.


AS & A level: Mechanics includes kinematics, working with forces and Newton’s laws. A level only: Learners study these topics in more depth and also study motion under gravity, friction and simple moments.


AS & A level: Statistics includes working with data from a sample to make inferences about a population, probability calculations, using a binomial distribution as a model, and statistical hypothesis testing. A level only: Learners study these topics in more depth and also study the Normal distribution. There is a pre-release data set for both AS and A level. The purpose of the large data set is that learners experience working with real data in the classroom and explore this data

How will it be delivered?

Assessment of A-Level

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics and Mechanics (01) 

  • Section A – shorter questions with minimal reading and interpretation.  
  • Section B – longer questions and more problem solving.
  • Marks - 100
  • Duration - 2 hours
  • WEIGHTING -36.4%

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics and Statistics (02) 

  •  Section A – shorter questions with minimal reading and interpretation. 
  • Section B – longer questions and more problem solving. 

 Some questions will be set on the pre-release data set. These questions should  give a material advantage to learners who have studied, and are familiar with, the prescribed large data set.

  • Marks - 100
  • Duration - 2hours
  • Weighting - 36.4%

Paper 3: Pure Mathematics and Comprehension (03) 

 Component 03 assesses content from area 1 (areas 2 and 3 are assumed  knowledge). 

  •  Section A – 60 marks on the pure core content.
  • Section B – 15 marks on a previously unseen comprehension passage based on the pure mathematics content of the specification
  • Mark -75
  • Durtaion - 2 hours
  • Weighing - 27.3%

Entry requirements

Generic A-Level entry requirements plus mathematics GCSE grade 6 or above to study A level Maths

Your next steps...

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 in Mathematics, which could lead onto higher education in areas of Mathematics, related areas such as Engineering, Economics, Physics or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Mathematics. The qualification will also help you develop general skills that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.


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