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# 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.

Year One

Year Two

Specification:
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

Teaching
Teaching of GCE Mathematics is undertaken by specialist Mathematics teachers. Students will usually have different teachers according to the modules they are studying. They are strongly encouraged to seek assistance throughout the course from not only their subject teachers, but from other teachers in the department.

Skills
While studying Mathematics, students will be expected to –
use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems
solve complicated problems by using mathematical arguments and logic, and understand and demonstrate mathematical proofs
simplify real life situations and use mathematics to model what happens in different circumstances
use calculator technology and other resources, including formulae booklets and statistical tables, appropriately and effectively

Requirements

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 –

Economics

Medicine

Architecture

Engineering

Accountancy

Teaching

Psychology

Environmental Studies

Computing / Information and Communication Technology

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