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Exam Board Specification: Edexcel

How the course is assessed

  • 100% externally assessed by written examinations.
  • Year 12 assessed Summer 2017 (Modular).
  • Year 13 assessed Summer 2018 (Modular).
  • (New linear curriculum to take effect as of September 2017).

Description of course

Year 12 (AS level)
Students study a combination of three modules, which include – Core Maths 1, Core Maths 2 and one applied module, Statistics 1 or Mechanics 1.

Core 1: Algebra and functions, Quadratic functions, Equations and inequalities, Sketching curves, Coordinate geometry, Sequences and series, Differentiation and Integration.

Core 2: Algebra and functions, Sine and Cosine rule, Exponentials and Logarithms, Coordinate geometry, Binomial Expansion, Radios, Geometric sequences, Trigonometric functions, Differentiation, Trigonometrical Identities and Integration.

Statistics 1: Modelling, Probability, Representation of data, Correlation, Regression, Discrete random variables and Normal distribution.

Mechanics 1: Vectors, Kinematics of particles, Statics of a particle, Dynamics (Newton’s laws) and Moments.

AS Further Mathematics

Further Maths AS students study a combination of three modules, including Decision Maths 1, Further Maths 1, Statistics 1 or Mechanics 1.

Decision 1: Algorithms, Graphs and Networks, Linear Programming, Critical Path Analysis.

Further Pure 1: Complex numbers, Matrix Algebra, Series, Proof by Induction.

Year 13 (A2 level)

Full A-Level students study a combination of three additional modules, which include – Core Maths 3, Core Maths 4 and Statistics 2 or Mechanics 2.

Core 3: Algebraic fractions, Functions, Exponential and Log functions, Numerical methods, Transforming graphs of functions, Trigonometry, Further trigonometric identities and Differentiation.

Core 4: Partial fractions, Coordinate geometry, Binomial expansion, Differentiation and Integration.

Statistics 2: Discrete random variables, Continuous random variables, Statistical approximations, Binomial and Poisson distribution, Estimation and sampling, Hypothesis testing and Probability.

Mechanics 2: Kinematics, Centre of mass, Work, Energy and Power, Collisions and Statics of rigid bodies.

A2 Further Mathematics

Further Maths A Level students study a combination of three modules, including Decision Maths 2 (D2), Further Maths 2 (FP2), Statistics 2 or Mechanics 2.

Decision 2: Transportation, Allocation, Linear programming, Salesman problem, Game theory, Network flows and Dynamic programming.

Further Pure 2: Complex numbers, Differential equations, Series and Polar coordinates.

Higher education, future careers and progression routes

To develop onto higher education, it is very important to have strong mathematical skills. Studying A level Mathematics supports other A level subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computing, Geography, Psychology and Economics. Studying Mathematics and Further Mathematics, (known as ‘facilitating’ subjects) is a way to make your university application stand out. These are highly recognised by Russell Group universities.

Employers value students who study Mathematics, as they develop to become better at thinking logically and analytically. Through problem solving, students develop resilience and are able to think creatively and strategically. Individuals with good Mathematical skills and qualifications are both well paid and experience rewarding careers.

2016 Examination success rates:

AS Mathematics

A - C 59%

A - E 87% 

AS Further Mathematics

A - C 60%

A - E 90% 

A2 Mathematics

A* - C 80%

A* - E 100%

A2 Further Mathematics

A* - C 63%

A* - E 90%

Additional information:

Entry Criteria:

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 4 or higher in English Language, grade 6 or higher in Maths (point score of 44.5 or higher).

To study A Level Maths and Further Maths students must also pass an entrance exam to qualify.

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