Guide to Mathematics Courses

Mathematics  (A Level, Edexcel exam board) 

Why study Mathematics?
 
Studying Mathematics will help you develop a wide variety of skills including the ability to think logically, to understand complex situations and to apply a rigorous and flexible approach to solving problems.  Mathematics A Level is highly regarded by both higher education institutions and employers.  On average people who have mathematics A Level earn 10% more than those who do not. 
 
What can it lead on to?
 
 You could go on to university to study for a mathematics related degree or pursue a career in mathematics.  Engineering and most areas of physics, computing, accountancy, economics, business, banking, air traffic control, retail management, architecture, surveying, cartography, psychology and, of course, teaching, are just some of the possibilities.
 
What are the areas of study?
 
The course is two years with internal exams being taken at the end of Year 12. These will be at an A2 standard which will aid in the determining of predicted grade.  
In Year 12 you will study: Core Mathematics - proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, Integration and vectors.  Two hour calculator paper - 62.5% of mark.  Statistics and Mechanics Statistical Sampling; data presentation and interpretation; probability; statistical distributions; hypothesis testing; quantities and units in mechanics; kinematics; forces and Newton’s laws.  Seventy-five minute calculator paper - 37.5% of marks. 
 
In Year 13 you will study: Core Mathematics Paper 1 - same as Year 12 Core Mathematics but to greater depth, also including numerical methods.   Two hour calculator paper - 33.3% of mark.   Core Mathematics Paper 2 - same as paper 1.  Two hour calculator paper - 33.3% of marks.  Statistics and Mechanics – same as Year 12 Statistics and Mechanics but to greater depth, also including moments and normal distribution.  Two hour calculator paper - 33.3% of mark . 
 
 

Further Mathematics (A Level, Edexcel exam board) 

Why study Further Mathematics?
 
Studying Further Mathematics will help you develop a wide variety of skills including the ability to think logically, to understand complex situations and to apply a rigorous and flexible approach to solving problems.  A Further Mathematics A Level is highly regarded by both higher education institutions and employers with some of the Russell Group Universities requiring Further Mathematics at A Level for entrance onto their mathematics degree courses.
 
It is a two year course, with internal exams being taken at the end of Year 12.  These will be at A2 standard and will aid in the determining of predicted grade.  In Year 12 you will study Further Pure Core Mathematics - proof; complex numbers; matrices; further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors.  One hundred minute calculator paper- 50% of marks.  The other 50% will be a paper from one of the following options: Pure Mathematics, Statistics, Decision and Mechanics.    One hundred minute calculator paper - 50% of marks.
 
In Year 13 you will study Further Pure Core Mathematics 1 – which is the same as Year 12 but to greater depth and also including polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions and differential equations.   Ninety minute calculator paper- 25% of marks.   Further Pure Core Mathematics 2, which is the same as Further Pure Core Mathematics 1.  Ninety minute calculator paper- 25% of marks.   
 
You will choose one paper from each of the following two options blocks:
 
Option 1: (Ninety minute calculator paper - 25% of marks):  Further Pure Mathematics 1; Further Statistics 1; Further Mechanics 1; Decision Mathematics 1.
 
Option 2 (Ninety minute calculator paper, 25% of marks): Further Pure Mathematics 2; Further Statistics 1;  Further Mechanics 1; Decision Mathematics 1; Further Statistics 2; Further Mechanics 2; Decision Mathematics 2.