A-Level Mathematics

AQA Exam Board

A level Mathematics is an entry requirement to several subjects at University. Often, even if not required by some courses admissions tutors positively regard it. Mathematicians are extensively employed in a wide variety of professions, including Accountancy, Computing, Statistical Forecasting, and Meteorology. Combined with Physics, Mathematics provides the foundation for degree courses in Engineering. 

Students study three strands of Mathematics: Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics.  The strands are taught simultaneously by subject experts over the course of two years, with students sitting three exam papers (two hours each) on the content covered during years 12 and 13.  Pure Mathematics amounts to two-thirds of the course and is examined across two papers, whereas Statistics and Mechanics form one-third of the course and are covered in one exam.  

  • Course Units

    This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. This A-level qualification builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding set out in the whole GCSE (9–1) subject content for mathematics. 

    Pure:

    • Proof
    • Algebra and functions
    • Coordinate geometry in the x-y plane
    • Sequences and series
    • Trigonometry
    • Exponentials and logarithms
    • Differentiation
    • Integration
    • Numerical methods

    Mechanics:

    • Vectors
    • Quantities and units in mechanics
    • Kinematics
    • Forces and Newton’s laws
    • Moments

    Statistics:

    • Statistical sampling
    • Data presentation and interpretation
    • Probability
    • Statistical distributions
    • Statistical hypothesis testing
  • Modules

    Assessment method

    Paper 1 

    What’s assessed 

    Pure Content  

    How it’s assessed 

    • Written exam: 2 hours 
    • 100 marks
    • 33⅓ % of A-level 

    Questions 

    A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. 

    Paper 2 

    What’s assessed  

    Pure and Mechanics 

    How it’s assessed 

    • Written exam: 2 hours 
    • 100 marks 
    • 33⅓ % of A-level

    Questions 

    A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. 

    Paper 3 

    What’s assessed 

    Any content from Paper 1 and content from: 

    How it’s assessed  

    • Written exam: 2 hours 
    • 100 marks 
    • 33⅓ % of A-level

    Questions 

    A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems 

  • Entry Criteria

    A minimum in GCSE Maths of Grade 6

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