A Level Mathematics

Subject area
A Levels
Duration
2 Years
Type of course
Full Time
Site
FCT

About the course

New AS and A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics are being introduced in England for first teaching from September 2017. Students will need at least a grade 5 in the higher tier GCSE and additionally must have good algebraic skills in order to have some chance of coping with the course.

The course emphasises problem solving, reasoning and modeling, and a requirement for the use of technology.

All assessment will take place at the end of the course. Exam questions may draw on the content of the whole A level.
The content is fixed and will include pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics (including analysis of large data sets).

Why should I choose this course?
Maths is a highly regarded A Level and is useful for many careers.

Subjects covered

AS Subject Content
This AS level qualification builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding set out in the GCSE (9–1) subject content for mathematics for first teaching from 2015.
AS Level Mathematics B (MEI) is a linear qualification, with no options. The content is listed below, under four areas.

1. Mathematical processes consisting of mathematical argument and language, problem solving and mathematical modelling
2. Pure mathematics includes proof, algebra, graphs, an introduction to binomial expansions, trigonometry, logarithms, calculus and vectors
3. Mechanics includes kinematics in 1 dimension, working with forces and Newton’s laws
4. Statistics includes working with data from a sample to make inferences about a population, simple probability calculations, using the binomial distribution as a model and statistical hypothesis testing

Assessment Pattern
There will be two examination papers, at the end of the AS course, to assess all the content.
• Pure Mathematics and Mechanics (01), a 1½ hour paper assessing mathematical processes, pure mathematics and mechanics
• Pure Mathematics and Statistics (02), a 1½ hour paper assessing mathematical processes, pure mathematics and statistics

A2 Subject Content
1. Mathematical processes consisting of mathematical argument and language, problem solving and mathematical modelling
2. Pure mathematics includes proof, algebra, graphs, sequences, trigonometry, logarithms, calculus and vectors
3. Mechanics includes kinematics, motion under gravity, working with forces including friction, Newton’s laws and simple moments
4. Statistics includes working with data from a sample to make inferences about a population, probability calculations, using binomial and Normal distributions as models and statistical hypothesis testing.

Assessment Pattern
There will be three examination papers, at the end of the course, to assess all the content:
• Pure Mathematics and Mechanics (01), a 2 hour paper assessing mathematical processes, pure mathematics and mechanics
• Pure Mathematics and Statistics (02), a 2 hour paper assessing mathematical processes, pure mathematics and statistics
• Pure Mathematics and Comprehension (03), a 2 hour paper assessing mathematical processes and pure mathematics.

Resources Required
MEI text books.

Entry requirement

5 GCSE grade A*-C, including English Language grade 4 or above and grade 5 or above in Maths.

Further information can be obtained from the
Examination board website at:
www.ocr.org.uk