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Mathematics GCE A Level (Edexcel) at Guiseley School

Course description

This subject is a two year, linear A level course.  This means that the whole course is assessed in Year 13. 

An A level in Mathematics will prove your competence in an intellectually demanding discipline with universal applications, from archaeology to astrophysics.  Our aim is to help you enjoy developing this skill - the subject can be fun and very satisfying.


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade 4-9, this is normally expected to include Maths and English Language or Literature. 

Students will be expected to achieve at least a grade 5 in the A level subjects that they wish to study. However, a higher grade is recommended for this course.



The course is a two year course and contains elements of pure and applied mathematics. This will be a new course for 2017 and the main changes are in the way the course is examined and in the structure of the course to include both statistics and mechanics. All assessments will be linear, with 100% examination. A level Maths will have 100% prescribed content, containing both pure and applied (no optional content). Mechanics and Statistics will be part of the compulsory content.  Requirement for assessment of problem solving, proof and modelling, as well as pre-release of a large data set.


In Mathematics student will have be taught pure mathematics which includes ;algebraic methods and techniques including functions; co-ordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration,  trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration. There will also be an applied component of the course comprising elements on statistics and mechanics. This content for statistics includes Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions, the Normal distribution. The mechanics module includes 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 particles; moments.


For the award of an A level in Mathematics students will sit three two hour papers. Papers 1 and 2 will examine the pure maths aspect of the course. Paper 3 will be divided equally into two sections, statistics and mechanics both topics being given equal waiting. Calculators are allowed on all papers. All three exams will be sat at the end of two years.

Future opportunities


Employers in many fields ranging from accountancy to consumer research are impressed by an A level in Mathematics.  The Mathematics course is also sufficiently demanding and broad to provide a sound foundation for those who wish to continue to study Mathematics, Engineering or Physics in higher education.  It is also an appropriate course for those students who regard Mathematics as a service subject for Economics, Geography and the Sciences.  Many of our students have successfully completed Mathematics degrees at several universities including York, Warwick and Oxford.  Recent reports in the press claimed that those with an A level in Mathematics earned £10k pa more than their contemporaries without Maths.  Can this be true?


Further information


We teach the Edexcel syllabus which includes elements such as modelling, descriptive statistics and numerical techniques.  The use of graphical calculators and computer software as problem solving tools is also encouraged. The department are well informed about developments in hand held ICT that may enhance students understanding of their studies.  We have sourced both graphical calculators and the latest scientific calculators and encouraged students to be aware of any advantages of them.

This is a rigorous and challenging course covering a wide range of mathematical topics.  In order to cope with the demand students intending to follow the full A level course should ideally have obtained Grade A in Mathematics on the Higher Tier paper at GCSE level. 

If a student has followed the Foundation GCSE course then A level Mathematics would not be a suitable option.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 March 2018
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  • Start date: Next September