The aims of the course are that pupils:
Mathematics is a sequential subject and each module build upon previous modules. Therefore pupils will need to have a solid grasp of the algebraic skills involved at Higher tier GCSE.
There are 2 modules in Year 12 which carry 40% of the full A level marks: Pure Maths A which is a 2 hours 30 mins paper and an Applied Maths A which is 1 hour 45 mins. The Applied Paper is split into a Mechanics and Statistics section.
There are a further 2 modules in Year 13: Pure Maths B which is a 2 hours 30 mins paper and an Applied Maths B which is 1 hour 45 mins. The Applied Paper is split into a Mechanics and Statistics section.
The AS and A level courses are enjoyable courses for those who like Maths as well as good preparation for further studies in Maths-related courses such as the sciences, computing and engineering.
Many universities offer joint honours courses of Maths with Physics, Computing, French, German, Music, Philosophy and many more.
It can also be used as a complete course in Mathematics or to provide a firm mathematical foundation to be used in employment.