A Level Mathematics (Legacy)

What is Mathematics?

A level Mathematics builds upon the GCSE studies in this subject. Students studying Pure Mathematics develop the ability to use mathematical facts, concepts and techniques in a variety of contexts, particularly through the use of algebra. The application of Mathematics to real-world situations is studied in both the Mechanics and Statistics modules.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

Mathematics suits those who enjoy working with numbers, using precise statements and making logical deductions. Mathematics combines well with a variety of A level subjects, reinforcing work in scientific subjects and providing a useful background and discipline for many arts-based courses.

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

The course is taught systematically, module by module, with much interactive discussion in our small tutorial groups. Regular homework, timed assignments and practice examination questions are all analysed in detail in tutorials so that students become thoroughly familiar with the application of all the mathematical concepts involved.

AS Specification Number
Edexcel 8371

 

Unit 1 (C1)

1h 30m exam 33.3% (16.7%)
Core Mathematics 1.

Algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series, differentiation, integration.

Unit 2 (C2)

1h 30m exam 33.3% (16.7%)
Core Mathematics 2.

Algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration.

Unit 3 (S1)

1h 30m exam 33.3% (16.7%)
Statistics 1.

Mathematical models in probability and statistics, representation and summary of data, probability, correlation and regression, discrete random variables, discrete distributions, the normal distribution. 

The examination of C1 will contain about ten questions, the examination of C2 will contain about nine questions and the examination of S1 will contain about seven questions, all of which may be attempted. Also, the examination of C1 is a non-calculator paper.

Reading List

AuthorTitlePublisher
Pledger (ed)  Core Mathematics 1  Heinemann 
Pledger (ed)  Core Mathematics 2  Heinemann 
Pledger (ed)  Statistics 1  Heinemann 

A2 Level

MPW approach to A2 study

The course is followed in the same systematic way as is required at AS-level. The intellectual demands of A2 work mean, however, that students must expect to work extremely hard and that breadth of study, depth of analysis and exam technique are crucial to achieve top grades.

A2 Specification Number
Edexcel 9371

 

Unit 4 (C3)

1h 30m exam 33.3% (16.7%)
Core Mathematics 3.

Algebra and functions, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, numerical methods.

Unit 5 (C4)

1h 30m exam 33.3% (16.7%)
Core Mathematics 4.

Algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series, differentiation, integration, vectors.

Unit 6 (M1)

1h 30m exam 33.3% (16.7%)
Mechanics 1.

Mathematical models in mechanics, vectors in mechanics, kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line, dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane, statics of a particle, moments.

The examinations of C3, C4 and M1 will each contain about seven questions, all of which may be attempted.

Reading List

AuthorTitlePublisher
Pledger (ed)  Core Mathematics 3  Heinemann 
Pledger (ed)  Core Mathematics 4  Heinemann 
Pledger (ed)  Mechanics 1  Heinemann 

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