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Mathematics A level

What will I study in Mathematics A level?

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.

Entry requirements

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

Units of study

A level Mathematics is algebra heavy, including 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)

Assessment

  • 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

Where could it lead?

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.