Exam Board: Edexcel    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics (Higher)

Reasons to study A Level Mathematics

Maths is one of the most popular and well-respected A Levels, providing skills and knowledge that will support and complement many other A Level subjects. Aside from the content itself, which includes a broad range of pure maths, mechanics and statistics topics, studying maths will develop your problem solving, analysis and reasoning – which are hugely desirable and transferable skills.

If you have a good understanding and enjoyment of mathematical concepts and are considering other subjects with mathematical elements, A Level maths is an excellent choice.

Maths is recognised by universities as a ‘facilitating subject’ which means it is highly valued on any degree course, as the skills underpin many professions and subjects. In addition to studying Maths at university, the A level is normally a prerequisite to any degree with a high maths content such as Engineering or Computer Science, and is also very useful for any Science degree. Maths is also useful for architecture, and higher level courses or careers in finance, economics and accounting.

Course Outline

The key skills which underpin the study of maths at
Key Stage 5 are to develop fluency, the ability to reason and to apply mathematical knowledge to problem solving.

The topic areas covered in this qualification are split into 3 main sections: Pure, Mechanics and Statistics.

Pure Mathematics is worth two thirds of the A Level and is comprised of:

Quadratics; inequalities; graphs; transformations; circle geometry; polynomial division; proof; binomial expansion; trigonometric identities and equations; vectors in 3d; differentiation and integration; exponentials & logarithms; partial fractions; numerical methods and vectors.

Applied Mathematics is worth one third of the A Level and is comprised of:

Statistics: data collection and analysis, statistical distributions including probability and hypothesis testing

Mechanics: the study of motion and equilibrium, including forces and moments

Assessment Outline

Paper 1 Pure Mathematics 1:
Externally examined, written exam (2 hours)

Paper 2 Pure Mathematics 2:
Externally examined, written exam (2 hours)

Paper 3 Statistics and Mechanics:
Externally examined, written exam (2 hours)

Each paper is equally weighted and calculators are allowed for each.

Progression Routes and Career Paths

  • Actuary
  • Statistician
  • Financial Analyst
  • Accountant
  • Mathematician
  • Data Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Economist
  • Cryptographer
  • Research Scientist
  • Risk Analyst
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Software Engineer
  • Investment Analyst
  • Mathematical Modeller
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Engineering Analyst
  • Biostatistician

The Romero’s Mathematics Department

A committed team of expert teachers who share their love of their subject with passion

Opportunities for enrichment including involvement in the STEM life of the school as well as involvement in the Imperial College London, Maths Programme

Other enrichment opportunities for maths students include taking part in national Maths competitions, university visits, industry visits including financial and engineering organisations, overseas Maths visits

A team of teachers who at GCSE have, year on year, delivered some of the strongest outcomes in the country.

Further Information

For more information or if you have any questions about the A Level Mathematics course please contact:

Mr D Larkam – Subject Leader for Mathematics [email protected]