Subject Leader: Mr T Pickup
What specification (syllabus) is being taught?
Pearson Edexcel A Level Mathematics
The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to understand
mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence,
fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study.
Students will be able to extend their range of mathematics skills and techniques
obtained in GCSE, and use these to solve challenging problems and generalise
mathematically through algebraic concepts and modelling, as well as be aware of
the relevance of mathematics to the world of work and to situations in society in
Who should take this course?
A student who is looking to:
- extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques
- understand coherence and progression in mathematics
- see how different areas of mathematics are connected
- apply mathematics in other fields of study
- use their mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions
in solving problems both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts
- recognise when mathematics can be used to analyse and solve a problem in context
- take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development.
What are the entry requirements?
Grade 6 or more at GCSE Higher Mathematics (Grade 7 or more is preferable)
What are the key topics and themes? When will
they be taught?
Year 1 Pure:
- Algebraic Expressions
- Equations and Inequalities
- Graphs and Transformations
- Straight Line Graphs
- Algebraic Methods
- The Binomial Expansion
- Trigonometric Ratios
- Trigonometric Identities and Equations
- Exponentials and Logarithms
Year 1 Statistics and Mechanics:
- Data Collection
- Measures of Location and Spread
A Level Maths
- Representation of Data
- Statistical Distributions
- Hypothesis Testing
- Modelling in Mechanics
- Constant Acceleration
- Forces and Motion
- Variable Acceleration
Year 2 Pure:
- Algebraic Methods
- Functions and Graphs
- Sequences and Series
- Binomial Expansion
- Trigonometric Functions
- Trigonometry and Modelling
- Parametric Equations
- Numerical Methods
Year 2 Statistics and Mechanics:
- Regression, Correlation and Hypothesis Testing
- Conditional Probability
- Normal Distribution
- Forces and Friction
- Application of Forces
- Further Kinematics
How will students be assessed?
When do these assessments take place?
End of Year 12
- students will sit two Mock papers at the end of Year 12 - 1 Pure Mathematics Paper and 1 Statistics and Mechanics Paper
End of Year 13 (A-Level Qualification) …
Three A-Level Papers [each worth a ⅓ of the qualificaƟon]
- Paper 1: Pure Mathematics (2 hours)
- Paper 2: Pure Mathematics (2 hours)
- Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (2 hours)
What can students do for revision at home? What materials are provided or available online?
Pure 1 & 2 and Statistics and Mechanics 1 & 2 Practice Books:
- These provide additional questions and problems to run alongside the main textbooks. Easily available to buy (e.g. from Amazon).
Useful Websites with lots of supporting material (exam questions/videos/etc.):