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Maths A Level EDEXCEL at Grey Court School

Course description

The A level mathematics course is two thirds Pure Mathematics and one third Statistics and Mechanics. There are three overarching themes inherent throughout the course to be adopted alongside the acquisition of specific subject knowledge. These themes are mathematical argument, language and proof; mathematical problem solving; and mathematical modelling.

The opportunity to study mathematics to a greater depth and to see how it is linked to other areas in the curriculum. The statistics element can be particularly helpful with geography, economics, biology and psychology while the mechanics unit links to physics or engineering. Students will need to become familiar with and proficient in the manipulation of a large data set for statistics. There is no coursework for any of the units.

Course content

Pure Mathematics:

Proof; Algebra and functions; Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; Sequences and series; Trigonometry; Exponentials and logarithms; Differentiation; Integration; Vectors

Statistics and Mechanics:


Statistical sampling; Data presentation and interpretation; Probability; Statistical Distributions; Statistical hypothesis testing


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

Entry requirements

At least a Grade 7 in GCSE Maths   >  5 GCSEs at grade 9-4


Paper 1: Pure Mathematics - 2 hour exam (100 marks)

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics - 2 hour exam (100 marks)

Any pure mathematics content can be assessed on either paper

Paper 3: Section A Statistics and Section B Mechanics - 2 hour exam (50 marks on each section)

Future opportunities

Mathematics is highly regarded by universities and has also been shown to increase long-term earning power by 7 to 10 per cent. Mathematics gives openings into many different careers including: Accountancy; Marketing; Financial Analysis; Banking; Teaching; Engineering and Operational Research.

Enrichment opportunities:  Attending external maths lectures: ‘Maths Inspiration’ is one of the largest maths enrichment programmes for teenagers in the UK, featuring mathematicians, engineers and physicists presenting mathematics in the context of exciting, real-world situations. Talks include topics such as ‘Rollercoasters and other Flying Objects’ and ‘From Juggling to Jazz’.  Also teachers will recommend wider reading material to further engage and extend students, for example, ‘Why Do Buses Come in Threes?’ or ‘The Hidden Maths of Sport’

How to apply

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Last updated date: 27 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: Maths A Level

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