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Exam Board and Specification Codes: Edexcel (9MA0)

Students will build upon the core skills learned at GCSE. There is a marked emphasis upon enhanced algebraic skills, especially in factorisation, equation solving, inequalities and with fractions.

Trigonometric ideas are extended beyond the triangle and extensive use of identities is thoroughly explored. Traditionally difficult areas, such as curve sketching and a more formal approach to functions, are developed throughout.

For some, calculus will be introduced for the first time but all will soon be embarked upon a much fuller appreciation of differential and integral calculus, as well as basic differential equations. Throughout the whole syllabus, there is a renewed appreciation of the importance of proof: there are specific proof questions and proofs in Calculus, Series and Trigonometry required. Modelling also features much more prominently and many questions test traditional topics in a more applied way. Statistics is much changed in the new syllabus with the emphasis on applying statistics to real problems and extensive use of real data via the national meteorological survey.

What is covered by the course?

Year 1

Component 1 - Pure

  • Algebra, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry, calculus, exponentials

Component 2 - Statistics

  • Data & sampling, probability, discrete random variables

Component 3 - Mechanics

  • Kinematics, dynamics, variable acceleration
Year 2

Component 3 - Pure

  • Algebra, trigonometry, calculus, parametrics, vectors, numerical methods

Component 4 - Statistics

  • Probability, bivariate data, normal distribution

Component 5 - Mechanics

  • Kinematics, dynamics, variable acceleration, moments

How is it examined?

A-level assessment consists of three two hour written exams

Paper 1 - Written Assessment (2 hours)

  • Pure
  • 40% of the A-Level

Paper 2 - Written Assessment (2 hours)

  • Pure
  • 40% of the A-Level

Paper 3 - Written Assessment (2 hours)

  • Statistics and Mechanics
  • 20% of the A-Level

Related university courses & careers?

A-Level Mathematics is required for a huge variety of courses at university including Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computing, Economics and Psychology. In addition, A-Level Mathematics is preferred for many other courses, including Business, Chemistry and Geography.

Suggested literature & resources

‘Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics Pure Mathematics Year 1’
‘Edexcel A-level Mathematics Student Book Year 1 and AS’

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W2 4AT

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Kensington Park School Sixth Form,
59 Queen's Gate,
South Kensington, London,

Tel: +44 (0)20 7225 0577

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