A level Mathematics

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

At Kingham Hill we prepare pupils for the Edexcel A level examination. It is a 2 year course that is examined in the summer of the second year. The course has both a pure and applied element, representing two thirds and one third of the syllabus respectively. The assessment is based on three equally weighted papers, two pure and one applied. Those wishing to study Mathematics need to have received a grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics.

The pure element of the course covers the following topics:

  • Proof
  • Algebra and functions
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
  • Sequences and series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical methods
  • Vectors

The applied element of the course covers the following topics:

  • Statistics
  • Statistical sampling
  • Data presentation and interpretation
  • Probability
  • Statistical distributions
  • Statistical hypothesis testing
  • Mechanics
  • Quantities and units in mechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton’s laws
  • Moments

Top universities have described Mathematics as a facilitating subject, providing pupils with a range of skills that are applicable across many degree courses. Employers also highly value such skills as analysis, problem solving and logical thinking which are developed through the Mathematics A level course. The numeracy skills and ability to process and analyse data are in high demand.

Careers where mathematics is directly relevant are as an engineer, scientist, doctor, financier, accountant, actuary, data analyst, statistician, teacher, surveyor and many more. But mathematics is considered the basis of any technical, financial or analytical career.