Mathematics is a scientific discipline that develops the ability to think in the abstract, requiring both a logical mind and good problem solving skills.

Overview

Mathematics can be split into three core areas: pure mathematics (geometry, trigonometry, algebra and calculus); statistics


Board: Edexcel
 

(probability, estimation, correlation and regression, sampling, hypothesis testing); mechanics (kinetics, dynamics and statics).

Course Structure

Teaching begins in September (January for 18 month courses).  In the first year you will cover the following topics:

Pure Mathematics
  • Proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, vectors
Statistics
  • Statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, statistical hypothesis testing

Student may take the AS exam at the end of the first year of the programme. The second year then builds on this foundation for the completion of the full A level. 

 

 In the second year you will focus on the following topics, in greater depth:

Pure Mathematics
  • Proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, vectors
Statistics
  • Statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, statistical hypothesis testing
Mechanics
  • Quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s Laws, moments

Exam Structure

AS Exam Format

Paper 1 Paper 2
Pure Mathematics
2 hours 
Statistics and Mechanics
1 hour and 15 minutes
 
 

A2 Exam Format

Papers 1 &2 Paper 3
Pure Mathematics
2 hours each paper
Statistics and Mechanics
2 hours

Mathematics One-Year A level

We follow the Edexcel legacy syllabus for resit candidates..

 

Programme Requirements

Students are normally required to have at least grade A at GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent. 

Related Further Study and Careers

Mathematics is essential for those who want to read mathematics at university, but it is also highly suited to further study in other numerate subjects such as engineering or physics. Many students who take A level Mathematics also go on to study degrees in economics or finance.


Receive news from LSI Independent Sixth Form College