## MATHEMATICS CAMBRIDGE A LEVEL

### WHY SHOULD YOU STUDY CAMBRIDGE A LEVEL MATHS?

*‘The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.’* Charles Caleb Colton.

A Level Mathematics is an interesting and challenging course which extends the methods you learned at (I)GCSE and includes optional applications of mathematics, such as Statistics and Mechanics. Statistics is collecting and analysing data and using this to make predictions about future events. Many subjects make use of statistical information and techniques. An understanding of probability and risk is important in careers like insurance, medicine, engineering and the sciences. Mechanics is modelling and analysing the physical world around us, including the study of forces and motion. Mechanics is particularly useful to students studying physics and engineering.

A Level Mathematics is a versatile qualification that is well respected by employers and universities alike. Employers highly value mathematics qualifications because mathematics students become better at thinking logically and analytically. Through solving problems, you develop resilience and can think creatively and strategically. The writing of structured solutions, proofs and justification of results help you to formulate reasoned arguments. Most importantly you will have excellent numeracy skills and the ability to process and interpret data. For most science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree courses A level Mathematics is a requirement.

### WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW TO ENROL?

You will need a high level of subject understanding to study Maths at A Level. A grade A or 7 at** IGCSE/GCSE **(or equivalent) is a pre-requisite for acceptance onto the course. In extenuating circumstances, we will also consider students with a grade B or 6 provided they achieve a minimum of 70% in the first three assignments. All A Level students will also require a Grade C or 4 for** IGCSE English Language.**

### THE SYLLABUS AND THE EXAM

Our A Level Maths course prepares you for the Cambridge AS and A Level **syllabus 9709.**

Exams take place in March (India only), June and November.

The full Advanced Level qualification comprises AS and A Level. **N.B. If you take Mechanics at AS, you must take Statistics at A Level, and vice versa.**

For the **AS Level in Mathematics with Mechanics** you will sit two papers:

**Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 **worth 60% of your AS grade and 30% of your overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 50 minutes)

**Paper 4: Mechanics **worth 40% of your AS grade and 20% of your overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 15 minutes)

For the **AS Level in Mathematics with Statistics** you will sit two papers:

**Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 **worth 60% of your AS grade and 30% of your overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 50 minutes)

**Paper 5: Probability & Statistics 1 **worth 40% of your AS grade and 20% of your overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 15 minutes)

For the full **A Level in Mathematics** you will sit two additional papers:

**Paper 3: Pure Mathematics 3** worth 30% of your overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 50 minutes)

AND EITHER

**Paper 4: Mechanics** worth 20% of your overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 15 minutes)

OR

**Paper 5: Probability and Statistics 1 **worth 20% of your overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 15 minutes)

**Whichever route you take to acquire the full A Level in Mathematics, you will sit the same four papers.**

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