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Mathematics Edexcel GCE Advanced

Mathematics and Further Mathematics are versatile qualifications, well-respected by employers and are both “facilitating” subjects for entry to higher education. Careers for men and women with good mathematics skills and qualifications are not only well paid, but they are also often interesting and rewarding. People who have studied mathematics are in the fortunate position of having an excellent choice of career. Whilst the number of young people studying A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics is increasing there is still a huge demand from science, engineering and manufacturing employers.

The reason why so many employers highly value mathematics qualifications is mathematics students become better at thinking logically and analytically. Through solving problems you develop resilience and are able to think creatively and strategically. The writing of structured solutions, proof and justification of results help you to formulate reasoned arguments. And importantly you will have excellent numeracy skills and the ability to process and interpret data.

For progression to many courses at university it is important to have strong mathematics skills. For most science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree courses, A level Mathematics is a requirement, and AS or A level Further Mathematics is often preferred. Anyone applying to study a degree in a STEM subject should consider taking Further Mathematics to at least AS level as the additional content helps ensure a successful progression to university. AS Further Mathematics is accessible to most A level Mathematics students. Having A level Further Mathematics on your university application is a way to make it stand out. The mathematical skills you learn in A level Mathematics are of great benefit in other A level subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, computing, geography, psychology, economics and business studies.

Assessment: 3 papers each of 2 hours.
  • Paper 1: Content overview
  • Proof
  • Algebra and functions
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
  • Sequences and Series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and Logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Vectors
  • Paper 2: Content overview
  • Proof
  • Algebra and functions
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
  • Sequences and Series
  • Trigonometry
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical methods
  • NB: All the content of the specification for Paper 1 is assumed knowledge for Paper 2 and may also be tested within parts of questions. Paper 2 is designed to build upon the content of paper 1.
  • Paper 3: Content overview
  • Section A: Statistics
  • Statistical Sampling
  • Data Presentation and Interpretation
  • Probability
  • Statistical Distributions
  • Statistical Hypothesis Testing
  • Section B: Mechanics
  • Quantities and Units in Mechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton’s Laws
  • Moments




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