Edexcel GCE Mathematics
What does the course cover?
During this course, you will learn to extend your knowledge of algebra and geometry from GCSE and explore the ways in which mathematics can be applied in the real world. Areas which you will cover include:
- New topics such as coordinate geometry, series, differentiation and integration. All of which are highly algebraic and are an excellent introduction to maths at a higher level
- Branching further into core maths with topics such as logarithms and exponentials, radian measures and higher level trigonometry
- Decision mathematics: the applied module which introduces thinking processes that are used in discrete mathematics (often linked with programming). Various algorithms are explored, along with linear programming and network analysis. This is more practical and involves lego, snap shapes and dice
- More complex pure maths including trigonometric proofs, further differentiation and integration as well as numerical methods for finding solutions
- Further and more complex work on coordinate geometry as well as vectors in 3D. Lots of the maths studied in earlier core modules is linked together here
- Mechanics: this applied module introduces students to mathematical modelling of everyday experiences, like driving a car, throwing a ball up in the air, walking across a bridge and playing snooker. In order to be successful in this area you need to be able to visualise a situation and simplify the forces acting on different parts of it. You will have a better understanding of how the physical world operates and how to use maths to predict what will happen next following this module.
What skills will the course help you develop?
- Fluency in the key mathematics topics for science and engineering
- Organising and presenting a structured and logical argument
- Confidence in mastering challenging ideas and overcoming difficulties
- Thinking in an abstract and symbolic way
How is the course assessed?
The course is assessed through exams only with three modules making up the AS qualification, each by a 1hr 30minutes exam. Three more modules make up the A2 qualification, each with a 1hr 30 minute exam also, giving a total of six modules.
What are the entry requirements?
Maths is known as a tough A Level. The first module starts at A/A* GCSE level and goes upwards. For this reason a B at GCSE is absolutely essential and an A or A* is advised.
What do students who study this course go on to do?
Maths is essential for studying Maths, Physics or Engineering at University, and for these subjects Further Maths is highly desirable or even essential at the top institutions (see page on Further Mathematics). Other courses which benefit from Maths A Level are medicine, economics, accounting and other sciences such as sports science.
Who is the staff contact for Mathematics?
Mrs Cowey is Head of KS5 for Maths with Mr Hollindale, Mrs Nash and Mrs Holding.