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St Peter's 13-18


MathsThe Course

A level Mathematics aims to encourage students to develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence fosters enjoyment and develops:

  • an ability to reason logically
  • an understanding of coherence and progression in mathematics and of how different
    areas of mathematics can be connected
  • a recognition of how a situation may be represented mathematically
  • the use of mathematics as an effective means of communication
  • an ability to read and comprehend mathematical arguments
  • the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computers and effectively
    recognise when such use may be inappropriate and be aware of limitations
  • an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study

The content of A level Mathematics falls into four areas:

  1. Mathematical Processes consisting of mathematical argument and language, problem-solving and mathematical modelling.
  2. Pure Mathematics which includes proof, algebra, graphs, sequence, trigonometry, logarithms, calculus and vectors.
  3. Mechanics which includes kinematics, motion, under gravity, working with forces including friction, Newton’s laws and simple moments.
  4. Statistics which includes working with data from a sample to make inferences about a population, probability calculations, using binominal and Nominal distribution as models and statistical hypothesis testing.


  • Paper 1 - 2hr
    Pure Mathematics
  • Paper 2 - 2hr
    Pure Mathematics
  • Paper 3 - 2hr
    Statistics and Mechanics

Examination Board: Edexcel

Additional Notes

Mathematics is a required or strongly recommend subject for entry to a number of degree courses in the areas of Science, Engineering, Economics, Psychology, Computing and a range of Biological Sciences.

You must investigate the level of Mathematics required if these are subject areas you wish to pursue at university.