GCE A Level Mathematics
GCE Mathematics is divided into two areas – Pure Mathematics (Core and Further Pure) and Applied Mathematics (Mechanics, Statistics and Decision). All students following the A Level course will all study the same mixture of Statistics and Mechanics. Students who study Further Mathematics will have an element of choice to how the course is constructed.
Edexcel Specification. Further details are available from their website.
Entry Requirements/Student Suitability:
Completion of GCSE (Higher) Mathematics at a 6 Grade or better is highly recommended for students undertaking any GCE Mathematics qualification. Although it is possible to study A- or AS-Level Mathematics without this, any student in this situation would be required to commit themselves to supplementary work and revision.
It is expected that students beginning a GCE Mathematics course will have a knowledge and understanding of the following –
● the arithmetic of integers (including HCFs and LCMs), fractions and real numbers
● the laws of indices for positive integer exponents
● the solution of problems involving ratio and proportion (including similar triangles and length/area/volume of similar shapes)
● elementary algebra (including expansion of brackets, factorisation and solution of simultaneous linear equations)
● changing the subject of a simple formula or equation
● the equation (y=mx+c), gradient and y-intercept of a straight line
● the distance between 2 points with given coordinates
● the solution of triangles using Pythagoras’ theorem and trigonometry
● the volume of a cone and of a sphere
● the properties of a circle: angle in a semi circle, perpendicularity of a radius and a tangent, perpendicular bisector of a chord, angle at the centre and at the circumference
As part of their studies, pupils will be required to complete regular homework and submit written work for assessment. They will also sit topic tests and practice exams.
If students choose to re-sit exams, they will be expected to attend revision lessons and complete additional work.
Beyond GCE Mathematics
AS-Mathematics is valuable in supporting other subjects at A-Level and degree level, especially Sciences, Geography, Psychology, Sociology and Medical courses.
A-Level Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of full-time courses in higher education. There are also many areas of employment which value it, and it is often a requirement for mathematics related vocational qualifications.
Higher Education courses and careers which require or relate to A-Level Mathematics include –
● Environmental Studies
● Computing / Information and Communication Technology
Miss S Ladner
Curriculum Area Leader - Mathematics
How to Apply:
The Application Process begins in November of each year. Please contact Debbie Chick, Sixth Form Support, for further information or to request an application form.