Entry Requirements

For A-Level – Min Grade 6 GCSE Mathematics

Core Maths – Min Grade 5 GCSE Mathematics preferably from higher GCSE course

A-Level Course Structure

All students study Pure Mechanics and Statistics.

3 exams at the end of Year 13:

Paper 1: Pure + Mechanics

Length 2hrs 100 Marks

Paper 2: Pure + Statistics

Length 2hrs 100 Marks

Paper 3: Pure + Comprehension

Length 2hrs 75 Marks

For more information contact

Mrs S Williams

September 2017 is the first teaching of the new AS level syllabus – the content is the same as the old syllabus however the style of questions is going to change to include problem solving questions and some questions will both pure and applied topics. There is also a greater emphasis on use of technology in maths – students will be required to use spreadsheets and graphical calculators.

AS Course Content :


Problem Solving

Algebra Trigonometry

Co-ordinate Geometry


Logs and exponentials




Forces & Newton’s Laws

Variable Acceleration


Collect & Interpret Data


Binomial Distribution

Statistical Hypothesis Testing

Mechanics is useful for studying Physics & Chemistry in Post 16 and University courses such as Engineering & Architecture

Statistics is useful for students studying Biology & Geography in Post 16 & University courses such as Business ICT/ Computing & Marketing

Structure of A Level Mathematics

Papers 1 & 2

Section A Consists of shorter questions with minimal reading and interpretation – in these questions it should be fairly obvious to students what they are required to do; the aim of this is to ensure that all students feel as though they can do some of the questions on the paper.

Section B includes longer questions and more problem solving. Section B has a gradient of difficulty.

Mechanics/Statistics questions can be in either section A or B

Section A will have 20 to 25 marks with the remainder of the marks with the remainder of the marks (75 to 80) allocated to Section B

Overarching themes

A Level specifications in mathematics must require students to demonstrate the following overarching knowledge and skills. These must be applied, along with associated mathematical thinking and understanding, across the whole of the detailed content.

Mathematical argument, language and proof.

Mathematical problem solving, using a problem solving cycle.

Mathematical modelling.


The use of technology, in particular mathematical and statistical graphing tools and spreadsheets, must permeate the study of AS and A Level mathematics.

Calculators used must include the following features:

an iterative function

the ability to compute summary statistics and access probabilities from standard statistical distributions.