ASLEVEL CORE MATHEMATICS
Examination Board: AQA
Introduction and Structure
This is a new one year qualification aimed at students who have achieved a Grade 4 or above at GCSE. Students are expected to study three Alevels alongside core maths.
Core mathematics has been designed to maintain and develop reallife mathematical skills. The course will include a financial mathematics element and can help with other Alevel subjects, in particular with science, geography, business studies, economics and psychology. Core maths involves solving meaningful problems to increase your confidence in using mathematics. This will enable you to be better equipped for the mathematical demands of your other courses, higher education and employment.
What areas would you study?
As well as building on prior knowledge the core mathematics specification covers new mathematical areas including:

maths for personal finance

estimation

critical analysis of given data and models

critical path analysis

expectation

cost benefit analysis
How are you assessed?
At the end of the year you will sit two papers, both 90 minutes, calculator allowed.
Entrance Requirements: Core Mathematics
Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 94 (or equivalent), including Grade 4 or above in English and maths
Alevel Mathematics
Examination Board: AQA
Introduction and Structure
Mathematics and further mathematics are versatile qualifications covering the uptodate application and theory of a range of mathematical disciplines.
What areas would you study?

pure mathematics: methods and techniques which underpin the study of all other areas of mathematics, such as, proof, algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and vectors.

statistics: statistical sampling, data presentation and probability leading to the study of statistical distributions.

mechanics: the study of the physical world, modelling the motion of objects and the forces acting on them.
Entrance Requirements: Mathematics
Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 94 (or equivalent), including Grade 6 or above in maths and Grade 4 or above in English
Alevel Further mathematics
Examination Board: AQA
What areas would you study?

pure mathematics content, making up at least 50% of the qualification
The remainder of the content is made up of options which include:

additional pure mathematics

additional mechanics

discrete mathematics
Entrance Requirements: Further Mathematics
Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 94 (or equivalent), including Grade 7 or above in maths and Grade 4 or above in English
How do you learn?
The mathematics courses build on the key concepts learnt in Key Stage 4. There are nine lessons for each every fortnight. Homework will be set regularly and there is an expectation that you will spend time undertaking independent study to ensure you are following the course content.
How are you assessed?
100% examination. There are three terminal papers. There are no coursework or controlled assessment elements.
Careers and Progression
Mathematics Alevel is wellrespected by employers, providing students with strong logical and analytical skills. For most science, technology, engineering and mathematics degree courses, Alevel mathematics is a requirement and Alevel further mathematics is highly desirable. The skills learnt are of great benefit in other subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, computing, geography, psychology, economics and business studies.
There are many applications of mathematics in technology from games design and aircraft modelling through to forensics and DNA sequencing. Financial systems and online purchasing systems are underpinned by mathematics, relying heavily on online security and encryption. A good understanding of algebra, graphs, logarithms and probability are beneficial for the study of chemistry, biology and geography. Psychologists use statistics to analyse the relationships between variables and predict behaviours.