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Sixth Form


Course Title:  A Level Mathematics


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What is it all about?


The course develops skills in three areas of mathematics; pure maths, statistics and mechanics. Pure maths extends students’ understanding of familiar topics such as coordinate geometry, trigonometry and algebra, whilst introducing new topics such as calculus. Statistics includes data handling and probability. Mechanics covers the study of forces and motion.


Want to know more?


The maths course covered is the Edexcel specification, which you can access at


How will I be assessed?


All units are assessed by a written examination. At A Level, each unit counts for 33.3% of the A Level grade. You will take three exams, each 2 hours long, at the end of Year 13:              

  • Pure Maths 1  
  • Pure Maths 2
  • Statistics and Mechanics



What are the entrance requirements?


This course is suitable for students who have achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE Mathematics Higher.


What skills do I need?


Mathematics encourages students to think in a logical and coherent manner. It can make sense of ‘real world’ problems and help develop students’ ability to analyse and refine a model that describes a real life situation. It can boost students’ confidence and self-esteem and give great satisfaction when a problem is cracked. Mathematics can help students to communicate effectively, both with written work and through discussing concepts with others. But perhaps most importantly, students can study an enjoyable and rewarding subject that is both relevant and useful to their life and future career.


Future prospects?


Mathematics is a vital qualification for a vast number of careers and higher education courses, including engineering and architecture. It is one of the most popular subjects to study at A Level. Many of our students take one or more of the Science A Levels. It is also well regarded for those interested in pursuing a career in medicine, veterinary science, law and teaching, or who just love maths! 


What do our students say?


  • ‘I have really enjoyed the start to A Level maths. We are building on lots of topics that we first learnt at GCSE and I can’t wait to learn more!’ Year 12 student


  • ‘I have received so much support throughout studying for my A Level in maths. The teachers are always available to help if we need it and the Thursday after-School maths drop-in is brilliant.’ Year 13 student



Head of Maths, Mrs Steele, discusses both Maths and Further Maths with some current students, why they chose the course and what they found most interesting about taking the subject.

Coast and Vale Learning Trust

About Coast and Vale Learning Trust

The Coast and Vale Learning Trust in Scarborough aims to improve education in the locality through establishing coherent and collaborative practice across schools and other educational institutions in the area.

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