A level Mathematics

What is the A level about?

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.


The pure element of the course covers the following topics:

  • Unit 1: Proofs
  • Unit 2: Coordinate Geometry
  • Unit 3: Sequences and series
  • Unit 4: Trigonometry
  • Unit 5: Exponentials and logarithms
  • Unit 6: Calculus
  • Unit 7: Numerical Methods
  • Unit 8: Vectors
  • Unit 9: Mechanic (kinematics and forces)
  • Unit 10: Statistics (Types of data sets, analysis and representation


  • Paper 1 – Pure Mathematics – 2 hours
  • Paper 2 – Pure Mathematics – 2 hours
  • Paper 3 – Statistics and Mechanics – 2 hours 

Each paper contributes equally to the overall grade.


Exam Board

Pearson Edexcel

Entry Criteria

To study Mathematics at A level pupils are required to have gained a grade 8 at GCSE level.

For American Program pupils: Algebra I and Geometry, maintaining at least an A average.

Career Pathways

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