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What is the course about?

A Mathematics A Level, which builds on the knowledge gained from GCSE, will teach you to think logically, to process information accurately and to understand and manipulate numbers and mathematical processes.

Course content

(Dependent on choice of exam board.)

Students will study content in three areas of Mathematics: Pure, mechanics and statistics.

  • Pure Maths: proof, algebra, functions, graphs, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, calculus, numerical methods and vectors.
  • Mechanics: modelling, kinematics, projectiles, forces, Newton’s laws of motion and moments.
  • Statistics: sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability and distributions, and hypothesis testing.


Three exam papers covering the content listed above, with an emphasis on mathematical processes as well as the course content.

Pure Maths will be assessed in all three exams, whereas Mechanics and Statistics will appear in different papers. 

Career pathways

Degrees in mathematics, statistics, physics, astronomy, engineering, computer science and economics are likely to require mathematics at A Level. Other courses require mathematics, including medicine, architecture and the laboratory and social sciences.

Entry criteria

Minimum of grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.