Exam Boards - Edexcel (Mathematics) and Edexcel (Further Mathematics)

 

What is Mathematics A level and why study it?

Mathematics at A level carries on and expands on the GCSE higher course. You will develop your understanding of pure mathematics; investigating graphs, manipulating algebraic expressions and solving problems using trigonometry as well as exploring brand new ideas such as calculus. You will also get the opportunity to learn about mathematical modelling it’s strengths and limitations.

 

You will also study applied mathematics - learning how to mathematically describe the motion of objects such as a cricket ball flying through the air, or a car driving down the street. Many of the concepts you meet in the mechanics part of the course form an essential introduction for anyone hoping to study Engineering, Physics, Robotics, Bio-Mechanics or Sports Science.

 

The course will also allow you to improve how you analyse and compare sets of data through the study of statistics, an essential skill in today’s data-rich world. You will learn robust techniques to examine correlations, make predictions, identify distributions and calculate probabilities.

 

What is Further Mathematics A level and why study it?

Running alongside A level Mathematics, the Further Mathematics course is for those with a clear enthusiasm and desire to go beyond the topics of A level Mathematics and to improve the depth and breadth of their mathematical knowledge. It is ideal for those aiming to study mathematics or science-based subjects at university such as Engineering, Finance/Economics or Computing.

 

The course expands on material covered in A level Mathematics, and introduces new concepts such as complex numbers, matrices, hyperbolic functions and polar coordinates. As well as a more in-depth look at some of the more abstract ideas in mathematics, you will have the opportunity to specialise in two areas of applied mathematics, mechanics and decision maths. Decision maths has particularly strong links to computing and creating algorithms.

 

Where next?

Mathematics is a challenging, beautiful and practical subject, which plays an essential part in our world and how we understand it. It has applications in virtually every field of study – whether it be the sciences, technology, business, sport or medicine, but hopefully you will also enjoy studying mathematics for its own sake.

 

Higher education institutions and employers seek individuals who have successfully demonstrated their understanding of complex concepts, and mathematics qualifications at KS5 are very well regarded. Importantly, the skills developed during your time studying mathematics – those of reasoning, logic, problem-solving and analysis – will stand you in good stead, whatever your ultimate destination.

 

What are the entrance requirements?

A level Mathematics: Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.

 

A level Further Mathematics: Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics

 

Who do I need to see for more information?

Ms A Khanom, Head of Maths