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Edexcel A Level Maths (9MA0) at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Course comprises three units, Pure 1, Pure 2 and ‘Statistics and Mechanics.’

The content is similar in difficulty tot he p[revious level but builds upon the new Mathematics GCSE.

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Course content

Qualification aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

● understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study

● extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques

● understand coherence and progression in mathematics and how different areas of mathematics are connected

● apply mathematics in other fields of study and be aware of the relevance of mathematics to the world of work and to situations in society in general

● use their mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts, and communicate the mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly

● reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning

● generalise mathematically

● construct mathematical proofs

 ● use their mathematical skills and techniques to solve challenging problems which require them to decide on the solution strategy

● recognise when mathematics can be used to analyse and solve a problem in context ● represent situations mathematically and understand the relationship between problems in context and mathematical models that may be applied to solve them

● draw diagrams and sketch graphs to help explore mathematical situations and interpret solutions

● make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions by using mathematical reasoning

● interpret solutions and communicate their interpretation effectively in the context of the problem

● read and comprehend mathematical arguments, including justifications of methods and formulae, and communicate their understanding

● read and comprehend articles concerning applications of mathematics and communicate their understanding

● use technology such as calculators and computers effectively and recognise when such use may be inappropriate

● take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development.






Entry requirements

5 A*-C Grades at GCSE with a Grade 7 in Mathematics at GCSE


100% exam assessed.

Each unit is tested in a 2 hour exam in the summer of Year 13.

The exact details will be confirmed after the course has been accredited.




Future opportunities

Future Opportunities – where might this lead you?

Career Opportunities

Mathematics is a versatile qualifications, well-respected by employers and are both “facilitating” subjects  for entry to higher education. Careers for men and women with good mathematics skills and qualifications are not only well paid, but they are also often interesting and rewarding. People who have studied mathematics are in the fortunate position of having an excellent choice of career. Whilst the number of young people studying A level Mathematics is increasing there is still a huge demand from science, engineering and manufacturing employers.

Employability Skills

The reason why so many employers highly value mathematics qualifications is mathematics students become better at thinking logically and analytically. Through solving problems you develop resilience and are able to think creatively and strategically. The writing of structured solutions, proof and justification of results help you to formulate reasoned arguments. And importantly you will have excellent numeracy skills and the ability to process and interpret data.

Preparation for Higher Education

For progression to many courses at university it is important to have strong mathematics skills. For most science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree course A level Mathematics is a requirement at AS or A level

Supporting Other Subjects

The mathematical skills you learn in A level Mathematics are of great benefit in other A level subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, computing, geography, psychology, economics and business studies.

An Interesting Course

A level Mathematics is an interesting and challenging course which extends the methods you learned at GCSE and includes optional applications of mathematics, such as Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Mathematics. Statistics – Collecting and analysing data and using this to make predictions about future events. Many subjects make use of statistical information and techniques. An understanding of probability and risk is important in careers like insurance, medicine, engineering and the sciences. Mechanics – Modelling and analysing the physical world around us, including the study of forces and motion. Mechanics is particular useful to students studying physics and engineering


Further information

The specifications for Mathematics are still in draft for most exam boards and accreditation might not even be given by September 2017.  Therefore the above information may change.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016
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