Examination body: Edexcel
AS Level Mathematics could sensibly be studied in combination with any other subject.
Therefore, whatever your main interest, if you are good at Maths, and enjoy it, you should take it at A Level. Past A Level Maths pupils have become lawyers, engineers and doctors.
If you are thinking of going into a broadly scientific area, Mathematics can only be a help and may be vital. If you are wondering how good you have to be, then there are no fixed rules. Broadly speaking, at A Level, your AS grade will not be better than your GCSE grade but what matters most is your attitude and willingness to work.
Obtaining a Maths A Level shows that you have the transferable skills of analysis, logic, and problem-solving, which will always come in handy. Some degree subjects such as Physics and Engineering ask for a Maths A Level as part of the entry requirements. Others, such as Medicine and Architecture, do not make it a necessity, but they still have a fair amount of mathematical content.
You will need an 7 grade at GCSE. We do occasionally accept pupils who obtain 6 grades but you must be prepared to work very hard, and this normally only happens in exceptional circumstances.
Delivery and assessment
A Level Mathematics is made up of two sections:
1. Pure Maths - This is two-thirds of the course and extends the Algebra, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry and Sequences work from GCSE and introduces Calculus.
2. Applied Maths - This is one-third of the course and is made up of
both Statistics and Mechanics. The Statistics is an extension of topics such as Histograms and Probability at GCSE, whereas the Mechanics involves new topics such as forces and momentum.