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Mathematics A Level

Our A Level Maths course develops techniques studied at GCSE to enable you to solve mathematical problems and to deepen your interest in the subject.


Knowledge of advanced mathematics is essential in a wide range of careers from the sciences to computing, business and economics.


A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.


Exam Board: Pearson



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  • What will I study and learn?

    In this course you will study topics in pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics. Pure mathematics extends your knowledge of algebra, geometry and trigonometry and develops the ideas of calculus. Statistics includes data analysis, probability and the study of distributions. Mechanics involves the modelling of physical systems using mathematics.

    The course will help you develop your problem solving skills and your ability to reason and communicate mathematically, and is taught mainly through class work where you work individually or as a member of a small group; you are also expected to complete work outside class.

  • How is the course assessed?

    At the end of Year 1 you will sit internal exams. These will test your understanding of the work learnt during Year 1 and will be one of the factors in determining your UCAS predicted grade. 

    At the end of Year 2 you will sit three papers, which will be externally marked. Papers 1 and 2 cover the Pure topics, and Paper 3 the Statistics and Mechanics topics, that you have learnt over both years. Therefore, your A level grade is determined only by your performance in the end of Year 2 exams. There is no coursework in either year.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    You can combine the study of this course with that of the sciences and computing but it can be equally successfully combined with many other subjects including those from the arts and humanities.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    Firstly, you should enjoy and have an interest in Mathematics. You should want to know why a particular result in Mathematics is true rather than just accepting it. You should be comfortable with dealing with abstract ideas and enjoy problem solving. You will need to be able to work independently.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum requirements – average point score of 6 including GCSE English Language at grade 5 and Maths at grade 7.


    Points calculation

    The average points score for entry to an A Level programme will be calculated using your 8 best GCSEs OR 6 GCSEs plus 1 technical qualification (equivalent to a maximum of 2 GCSEs and 10 points). From 2017 English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE will be graded numerically (1 – 9. Grade 5 = a good grade C, grade 6 = grade B and grade 7 = grade A).


    To work out your average and find out more information, please see our Entry Requirements page.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    Mathematics is extremely beneficial for wide range of students, from those intending to study the subject at university to those needing particular techniques to support other subjects and careers. The course is essential for many degree level courses in physical sciences, chemistry, engineering and computer science. The course also provides a sound mathematical basis for many other subject areas such as biology, geography, geology and economics. There is a wide range of career opportunities for people with qualifications in Mathematics.

    Knowledge of advanced mathematics is essential for a wide range of careers including the sciences, economics, business and computing.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    Essential textbook cost approximately £30 per year. You will also need the Casio fx-991 EX ClassWizz calculator (approx. cost £30). This particular calculator is essential for coping with the requirements of the exams. Prices are for 2019

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.


    You can find A Level course fees for adults on our A Level page. 

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