Head of Department – Mrs R Brooks
Mathematics – Grade 7 Further Mathematics – Mathematics – Grade 8
Examination Board: Edexcel
Introduction/General Advice and Requirements
The subject is an exciting, challenging and high profile one. Mathematics is flexible and combines and supports all other A level subjects. Students can gain success in Mathematics if they are prepared to work hard.
Course Content & Assessment:
All of the content in the new A Level Mathematics qualification is compulsory and is now the same for all examination boards. The course is made up from Pure Mathematics (66%), Statistics (17%) and Mechanics (17%).
Pure Mathematics: Pure Mathematics involves developing methods and techniques which underpin the study of all other areas of Mathematics, such as trigonometry, proof, calculus and vectors.
Statistics: Statistics enables you to reach conclusions from data. You will study sampling methods, data presentation techniques and probability, which leads into the study of statistical distributions.
Mechanics: Mechanics is the study of the physical world, modelling the motion of objects and the forces acting upon them. Students planning careers in Physics or Engineering will find the Mechanics elements of the course particularly useful.
The assessment is made up of three equally weighted papers, each 1 hour 30 minutes long.
Paper 1 and Paper 2 cover the pure content and Paper 3 is made up of two sections covering
Statistics and Mechanics.
Further Mathematics is an additional A Level qualification, which is designed to stretch and challenge able Mathematicians and prepare them for university courses in Mathematics and other related subjects. This qualification includes 50% of Pure Mathematics that is prescribed and the remainder of the content is made up from additional Pure Mathematics, additional Statistics and/or Mechanics and/or Decision Mathematics.
Mathematics is relevant to many different degrees and careers, all of which now require better quantitative skills. The following bullet points outline some career opportunities for those who choose to study Mathematics.
- There are many new applications of Mathematics in technology, including game design, internet security and communications.
- A good understanding of algebra, graphs, logarithms and probability are beneficial for those who study Chemistry, Biology and Geography.
- Psychologists use statistics to analyse relationships between variables and predict behaviours.
- Financial systems and online purchasing systems are also underpinned by Mathematics, relying heavily on online security and encryption.