# Mathematics A Level

Overview

### Why should you study A level Maths?

Universities and higher level apprenticeships value A level Maths and it’s a requirement for a huge number of academic destinations within both Health and Life Sciences, and Engineering Industries.

Exam board: Edexcel/Pearson

Course title: Mathematics A level (9MA0)

### Course content

Within the Edexcel specification, content is categorised into two areas: Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.

Within Pure Mathematics you will spend the first term building on your GCSE understanding studying specific areas within algebra, equations, and graphs before moving onto coordinate geometry and circles. From January you will explore transcendental functions (functions which cannot be described using polynomial equations) within trigonometry, exponentials, and logarithms. Late spring you will be introduced to calculus relating all your previous topics studied. Meanwhile, within your Applied studies you will spend time studying both mechanics and statistics.

In Year 13 you will study both polynomial equations and transcendent functions at a deeper level before studying series and sequences, parametric functions, and radians.

### How is the course assessed?

This course is taught over two years, with an option to take an AS in May of the first year.

AS Mathematics

Paper 1 is a 2-hour written examination and worth 62.5% of the qualification and paper 2 is a 1 hour 15 minute written examination and worth 37.5% of the qualification.

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics (Paper code: 8MA0/01)

Paper 2: Applied Mathematics (Paper code: 8MA0/01)

A2 Mathematics

Each paper is 2-hour written examination worth 33.33% of the qualification.

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (Paper code: 9MA0/01)

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (Paper code: 9MA0/02)

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (Paper code: 9MA0/03)

### Are there any course requirements?

A grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics

Course specification: Pearson Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics (2017) | Pearson qualifications

### Equipment

Students require the following equipment – pen, pencil, ruler, compass, protractor, and scientific calculator (recommend Casio FX-991EX)

### Other useful study resources

Formula booklet: Pearson Edexcel A Level GCE in Mathematics Formulae Book

Integral: Home – Integral Maths

Physics and Maths Tutor: Maths Revision – PMT (physicsandmathstutor.com)

Pearson Edexcel AS and A Level Mathematics Pure Mathematics Pure 1/AS Textbook +e-book. 2017

Pearson Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics Statistics & Mechanics Year 1/AS Textbook +e-book. 2017

Pearson Edexcel A level Mathematics Year 2 Textbook + e-book (A level Maths and Further Maths). 2017

Pearson Edexcel A level Mathematics Year 2 Textbook + e-book (A level Maths and Further Maths). 2017