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Est. 1921

Maths

What is this course about?

A level maths consists of 3 papers and they are completed at the end of Y13 with assessments from Edexcel.

The assessments are Paper 1 Pure Mathematics 1, Paper 2 Pure Mathematics 2 and Paper 3 Statistics and Mechanics. For the most able students, Further Maths is also offered. This is taught outside of the normal timetable by department staff in conjunction with the Further Maths Centre at Liverpool University.

Course Content

Paper 1 - Pure Mathematics 1 (33.33% of A2) 2 hours.

  • Proof
  • Algebra and functions
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
  • Sequences and series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Vectors

Paper 2 - Pure Mathematics 2 (33.33% of A2) 2 hours.

  • Proof
  • Algebra and functions
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
  • Sequences and series
  • Trigonometry
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical methods

Paper 3 - Statistics and Mechanics (33.33% of A2) 2 hours.

Section A: Statistics

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

Section B: Mechanics

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

What might this course lead on to?

A-Level Mathematics students and graduates are in high demand by employers and maths is the essential transferable component across all science, engineering, technology and maths subjects. 

Other than a degree in Maths, A-Level leads to degrees and careers in Statistics, Finance and Banking, Natural & Life Sciences, Art & Design, Business & Research, Engineering, Actuarial & Insurance, ICT/Computing, Medicine & Health and Education.

Entry Requirements:

Grade 6 in GCSE Maths.