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Type of Qualification:
A Level
Exam Board:
Grade 7 at GCSE Mathematics recommended

Course Content

In Year 12, everyone studies:

  • Pure Mathematics 1 (P1): Algebra, geometry, sequences, vectors, trigonometry, calculus and proof
  • Statistics and Mechanics: Sampling, Probability, Statistical distributions, Kinematics, Forces and moments


There are thirteen teaching lessons per fortnight with an equal time of self-study and homework required. Interactive teaching is the norm, and extra-curricular activities are offered to stretch the more able students to help them reach top grades.

In Year 13, the units deepen the areas from Year 12 but also include Binomial, functions, parametric equations, radians and numerical methods.

Course Requirement:
Students must be confident in GCSE algebra and shape topics, and complete preparation work during the summer before starting Year 12, as well as pass a competency test in the first week of September.

Style Of Assessment

A Level Mathematics has three exams, each one being 2 hours

  • Pure Maths P1
  • Pure Maths P2
  • Statistics and Mechanics

Whose kind of course?

This course can complement study in many different subjects at A Level or University level. The Statistics option will develop useful skills for those doing Humanities subjects or Biology, while Mechanics has strong links with Physics A Level.

A qualification in Mathematics is regarded very highly by all universities, whatever course is applied for.

Stretch & Challenge:

All students in both years will take part in the National Senior Maths challenge to widen and deepen their understanding of Mathematics as well as strengthen their problem-solving skills. The UKMT run the challenge, with Bronze, Silver and Gold awards available for candidates to achieve as well as a follow on Olympiad round.

Career Prospects

Accountant, Actuary, Statistician, Stockbroker, Engineer, Teacher

Many disciplines use Statistics, including Medicine, Geography, Biology and Environmental Sciences. Mechanics can complement study in Physics or Engineering, but it is not only useful for sciences, as it also covers useful problem-solving skills.