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A-Level Mathematics

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Course Code

Head of Department

Email

Edexcel

9MA0 Mrs A Robinson robins-a@beaconsfieldhigh.bucks.sch.uk

Why study this course?

A-Level Mathematics is an excellent foundation for both further study and employment. It remains a particularly impressive qualification that demonstrates core intelligence, a logical mind and excellent problem-solving skills.

A Mathematics A-Level can lead to any number of educational and career opportunities. Learning maths is so valuable because mathematics forms the basis of so many systems and processes. Many occupational fields require advanced study of maths, making the A Level Mathematics course one of the most versatile you can study.

What level of prior knowledge, attainment and skills are required?

What are the entry requirements?

Grade 7 GCSE Mathematics and Higher Maths + A in iGCSE.

Who would it suit?

Most students who are prepared to work hard – problem solving and thinking skills are used often.

What subjects might it combine with/lead to?

Most other subjects – and complements humanities and sciences in particular.

What does the course cover and how is it structured?

  • Two thirds pure mathematics and one third applied (statistics and mechanics)
  • Four textbooks are needed, two in Year 12 and two in Year 13
  • Integral Maths subscription required
  • Regular testing occurs at the end of modules, plus a termly assessment which enables students to reflect on their progress and understanding (Early in September your Algebra skills will be evaluated and students who are unable to demonstrate fluency and competency will be directed to additional sources of support)

How is the course assessed?

Three 2-hour examinations at the end of the course. Two are pure and one applied. Each examination is equally weighted

No coursework.

How can families help?

  • Purchase a Casio Classwizz calculator.
  • It is recommended that students have access to the internet at home so that they can use the mathematics area of the school's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This gives students access to a range of resources including Boardworks, and numerous teaching websites
  • Helping students decide their eventual university courses helps the student focus on what they need to achieve