# A Level Mathematics (Reformed 2017)

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 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 familiar with application of all the mathematical concepts involved and hence gain a thorough understanding of the course material.

AS Specification Number

Edexcel 8MA0

**Paper 1: Pure Mathematics (Paper Code 8MA0/01)**

Proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, vectors.

**Paper 2: Statistics and Mechanics (Paper Code 8MA0/02)**Statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, statistical hypothesis testing, quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws.

**Paper 1:** forms 62.5% of the final qualification and will consist of a 2 hour paper with a total mark of 100. Students must answer all questions and calculators can be used in the assessment.

**Paper 2:** forms 37.5% of the final qualification and will consist of a 1¼ hour paper with a total mark of 60. Students must answer all questions and calculators can be used in this assessment.

Reading List

Edexcel (Pearson) are due to produce a series of their own textbooks for use with the new specification for Mathematics. The details of these books have not yet been released but will be provided as soon as they are known.

## A Level

MPW approach to A Level study

The course is taught systematically 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 familiar with application of all the mathematical concepts involved and hence gain a thorough understanding of the course material.

A Level Specification Number

Edexcel 9MA0

**Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (Paper Code 9MA0/01)**

**Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (Paper Code 9MA0/02)**

Proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, numerical methods, vectors.

**Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (Paper Code 9MA0/03)**

Statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, statistical hypothesis testing, quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws, moments.

Each paper forms 33.33% of the final qualification and will consist of a 2 hour paper with a total mark of 100. Students must answer all questions and calculators can be used in this assessment. Paper 1 and Paper 2 may contain questions on any topics from the Pure Mathematics content.

Reading List

Edexcel (Pearson) are due to produce a series of their own textbooks for use with the new specification for Mathematics. The details of these books have not yet been released but will be provided as soon as they are known.