Alevel Maths
ALevel Mathematics is an intensive and demanding post16 option, highly regarded by both universities and employers. It is one of the most popular ALevel courses at Foyle College, taken by between 40 and 50 pupils each year.
Students hoping to study ALevel 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 noncalculator 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
ALevel 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.
ALevel Mathematics is also highly regarded in many areas of employment, where mathematical and problemsolving 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!