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Mathematics (A Level) at Bishop Laney Sixth Form

Course description

Mathematics is good training for the mind, helping to develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills – the kind of analytical processes that have helped solve problems of all kinds for thousands of years.

Whatever your future plans, studying A Level Mathematics will stretch your mind and endow you with abilities that stay with you for life. Whether you are interpreting statistics or managing a budget, your mathematical background will help you to think logically, analyse data and express yourself clearly. These are fantastically valuable, transferrable skills which are highly prized by employers across every field, as well as giving you a boost on a personal level.

Course content

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics consists of three externally-examined papers:


Paper 1 & 2: Pure Mathematics


● 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 & Mechanics

Section A: Statistics


● Statistical sampling, Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical distributions, Statistical hypothesis testing

Section B: Mechanics


● Quantities and units in mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s laws, Moments

Entry requirements

5 grade 4-9 (A*- C) GCSEs or equivalent including English and Grade 6 GCSE in Maths


The course is entirely assessed through examinations at the end of the 2 years. There are 3 Papers, each worth 100 marks and lasting 2 hours per paper.

Further information

Three overarching themes will be applied along with associated mathematical thinking and


  • Mathematical argument, language and proof
  • Mathematical problem solving
  • Mathematical Modelling


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: 01 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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