This qualification gives you a great platform, even if you do not want to study it at degree level. Building on skills learnt at GCSE, it will leave you with research skills that will allow you to find solutions to problems and therefore give you the ability to find new information more effectively.
Duration: 1 Year for AS. 2 Years for A2
‘A’ Level Mathematics is divided into three main areas: Pure Mathematics; Mechanics and Statistics. Pure Mathematics develops skills in analysing and solving unstructured problems. Mechanics includes the study of static and dynamic forces. Statistics includes the interpretation of data and probability theory.
Level 2 threshold (5 A*- C grades or equivalent) including a grade B or higher in Mathematics on a Higher Tier paper
A ‘A’ grade is advisable
What Will I Study?
Unit 1: Pure Mathematics A (worth 25%) Learners will also study Mechanics and Statistics.
Unit 2: Applied Mathematics A (worth 15%)
Unit 3: Pure Mathematics B (worth 35%) Learners will also study Mechanics and Statistics.
Unit 4: Applied Mathematics B (worth 25%).
How Will I Be Assessed?
All units are assessed by means of a written paper.
An AS consists of 2 units:
Unit 1 (Pure Mathematics A) – examined June Year 12
Unit 2 (Applied Mathematics A) – examined June Year 12
A full ‘A’ Level consists of 4 units.
Pupils should complete two units in Year 12 (as above) followed by:
Unit 3 (Pure Mathematics B) – examined June Year 13
Unit 4 (Applied Mathematics B) – examined June Year 13
Career Opportunities & Progression
‘A’ level Mathematics is an ideal qualification for progression to further studies in a wide range of degree courses across all disciplines. It is perceived as a valuable qualification that can create opportunities in most career sectors ranging from Engineering to Law.