A-level Maths

A-Level Mathematics is an intensive and demanding post-16 option, highly regarded by both universities and employers.  It is one of the most popular A-Level courses at Foyle College, taken by between 40 and 50 pupils each year.

Students hoping to study A-Level Mathematics at the school are required to gain a grade B or above in both GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Further Mathematics.

Course Details

The Edexcel AS/A2 Mathematics course is studied, with students taking a combination of four modules in Pure Mathematics and two modules in Applied Mathematics.

AS       Year 13            Modules C1, C2 and M1

A2       Year 14            Modules C3, C4 and S1

Course Content

The course is divided into three sections, namely Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.  The topics covered in each of the three sections are outlined below.

Pure Mathematics

(Modules C1 - C4)

Mechanics

(Module M1)

Statistics

(Module S1)

Algebra & Functions

Kinematics of a Particle

Representing & Summarising Data

Coordinate Geometry

Vectors

Correlation & Regression

Sequences & Series

Statics of a Particle

Probability

Differentiation

Dynamics of a Particle

Discrete Random Variables

Integration

Momentum & Impulse

Normal Distribution

Exponentials & Logarithms

Moments

 

Trigonometry

 

 

Numerical Methods

 

 

Vectors

 

 

 Scheme of Assessment                                                                           

Assessment is by examination only. All modular tests are sat in June. Each module is equally weighted and is tested by a 90 minute examination paper, with approximately ten compulsory questions. Module C1 is the only non-calculator paper. Each module result is reported as a score out of 100 and then combined with the other marks to be converted into a grade. Students may repeat a module test and the highest mark gained is counted towards the total.

AS Grade

Max 300 pts

A2 Grade

Max 600 pts

A

240

A

480

B

210

B

420

C

180

C

360

D

150

D

300

E

120

E

240

 

(An A* grade may be obtained at A2 by gaining the points for an A grade and an average score of 90% or more in the C3 and C4 modules.)

Career Opportunities

A-Level Mathematics is an essential requirement for entry to courses in higher education that have a high degree of mathematical content. It also provides students with valuable general skills – understanding and analysing problems, thinking through solutions and communicating results - that would be useful in other areas of study.

A-Level Mathematics is also highly regarded in many areas of employment, where mathematical and problem-solving skills are in great demand. This gives students studying the subject the freedom to choose a career that suits them. Opportunities exist in the fields of finance, commerce, industry, engineering, education, medicine … there really are few limits to the type of career that they could pursue!