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What is it about at sixth-form level?

Maths can be described as the formulation and application of both numerical and abstract concepts. This definition, however, barely scratches the surface of a subject that can easily be considered as an art, a language or a science. If you choose to pursue the subject to A level, you will build upon the knowledge you have gained at GCSE but, through the focus on Pure Maths, begin to develop a profound understanding and respect for its power and beauty. Nowhere is this more evident than in the differential and integral calculus developed by Newton and Leibniz in the 17th century. You will examine some of the many applications to which it is put today, such as calculating areas and models of exponential growth and decay in the natural world. In the mechanics module, you will look at how to create mathematical models of objects in equilibrium and those in motion. You will also consider the mathematics of statistics and probability.

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Why study it and what skills does it develop?

Maths is a much-respected subject that develops numerical, logical and analytical thinking. It is a prerequisite for the study of Maths and disciplines at university that require a high degree of numerical competency, such as Physics, Engineering and Economics. It is highly valued by employers across a wide range of jobs.

What prior knowledge and skills are required?

A 7 grade or higher at (I)GCSE Maths is required. If students have a grade below 8 they will need to attend the Mathematical Bridge.

How is the course assessed?

A level

The course is assessed entirely in three written examination papers, which test both pure (two-thirds) and applied (one third) Maths. These papers are equally weighted and each is 2 hours in duration. Progression to the second year of the course is determined by a satisfactory performance in an internally assessed exam at the end of the lower sixth.

Core Texts and Suggested Reading

To be confirmed at the start of the course

Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics Pure Mathematics Year 1/AS Textbook + e-book
Published by Pearson, ISBN 9781292183398

Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics Statistics & Mechanics Year 1/AS Textbook + e-book
Published by Pearson, ISBN 9781292183282

Edexcel A level Mathematics Pure Mathematics Year 2 Textbook + e-book
Published by Pearson, ISBN 9781292183404

Edexcel A level Mathematics Statistics & Mechanics Year 2 Textbook + e-book
Published by Pearson, ISBN 9781446944073

Exam Board and Specification Codes

A level: Pearson-Edexcel 9MA0

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