Mathematics A Level

About the Course

Mathematics is a high tariff A Level that is valued and respected by employers and further education establishments alike. The course will allow students to develop their mathematical knowledge and look at how the different strands of mathematics interlink and thread together. It introduces concepts and ideas that will challenge all students and also provides a set of core skills that will complement many other A Level courses. At Hall Cross, we have a highly dedicated, motivated, and supportive team of practitioners who care passionately about the subject and our student’s futures.

Exam Board

Edexcel

Requirements

A Grade 7 (or higher) in GCSE Maths Purchase the Casio FX-991EX Classwiz calculator

Course Content

The A Level Mathematics course is a linear, two-year course that consists of Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (Mechanics & Statistics).

You will attend 5 one-hour lessons in Maths per week.

The course is formally assessed by 100% examination at the end of Year 13. This is with 3 two-hour papers. There are 2 Pure papers and 1 Applied paper, which assesses both Mechanics & Statistics.

Pure Mathematics makes up two-thirds of the course. The content includes algebra; trigonometry; sequences & series; vectors; proof; calculus; exponentials and logarithms.

Applied Mathematics makes up the remaining third of the course. The Mechanics aspect is related to Physics and covers the study of forces, kinematics, projectiles, and moments. The Statistics supports some Social Sciences and covers some of the statistical techniques often used in research and data analysis.

Course assessments and requirements

Internally, the course is assessed with a series of assessment points (APs). These allow students to show their understanding of that unit of work. It gives students the chance to exhibit the skills, ability, and work ethic required for a course that builds in difficulty but is extremely rewarding. A mock exam is taken at the end of Year 12 and in the Spring of Year 13 in order to assess the students’ understanding as a whole.

Beyond the Classroom

As well as attending lessons, we highlight the need for students to dedicate some time each week to external study. This is to reinforce the essential basics and to hone their skills. A "Brew and Review" support session is provided after school one night each week in the Mathematics Department. In this session, students can work on their subject skills with each other and get support from their teachers whilst having a hot drink.

Your Future

Mathematics is perhaps the most universal subject of all at A-Level, valued by employers and universities. It can form a substantial part of any portfolio of subjects and in particular, complements the Science and Social Science subjects. It demonstrates to employers and educational institutions that you have clear logical thought and a significant talent for problem-solving. A top-grade A-Level in Mathematics as part of a suitable portfolio will open doors to all courses at all universities.