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Mathematics A Level at Hugh Christie School

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About the Course

Board: Edexcel

Mathematics is a gateway to many new opportunities and other subjects and is crucial in our modern society. Employers and universities recognise A-Level Mathematics as a fundamental qualification. People with a mathematics background can achieve salaries far above the average. Mathematics as a challenging but rewarding course that requires excellent independent learning skills and motivation to succeed.


The course develops problem solving and logical thinking and improves ability to process information accurately.


Mathematics A-Level provides pathways to banking and finance, accountancy, economics, commerce, business consultancy, insurance and risk and statistical consultancy. It supports engineering, computing, car design and aerodynamics, medicine and the sciences. It is also useful for the military, architecture, archaeology and broadcasting as well as many other careers and courses.


Course content

Units of Study


Advanced Subsidiary Assessment Units

The course is divided into two types of units: Compulsory Core Pure Mathematics. The second unit can be on a variety of different topics (such as Further Pure Maths, Further Statistics, Further Mechanics and Decision Maths).


Advanced Level Assessment Units

For the full A Level students continue their studies of the AS content. But the depth and breadth of knowledge gained is much greater

Two examples of important Further pure topics are complex numbers and matrices.

One area of discrete mathematics is graph theory, which includes solving problems such as:

What would be the most efficient route for delivering post around a network of streets? This topic uses algorithms which are vital in computer science.



In addition to two Core Pure Mathematics modules, students will have the option to extend their studies in two of the following areas: Statistics, Mechanics, Decision Maths





Entry requirements

GCSE Mathematics grade 7 (6 entry possible with teacher recommendation). Students are required to have shown their ability to cope with the workload at AS level and to study independently. It is left to the discretion of the class teacher to recommend students for the A Level course.


Units of Study


Advanced Subsidiary Assessment Units

Assessment in June: 2 x 1 hour 40 min exams


Advanced Level Assessment Units

Assessment in June (Year 13) 4 x 1 hour 30 min exams


Future opportunities

Useful supporting subjects to consider are Physics, Economics, Geography, Computing, and Chemistry.


Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us or ask your school/college careers staff. Full course details can be found on our website

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: 22 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Ma

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