Maths A Level

Full name of specification

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics (9MA0)

Exam board specification link

Name of textbook if used

Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics Pure Mathematics Year 1/AS and Year 2

Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics Statistics & Mechanics Year 1/AS and Year 2

What is A Level Mathematics?

Mathematics is a universal part of human culture. It is the tool and language of commerce, engineering and other sciences. It helps us recognise patterns and to understand the world around us.

Why study this course?

Maths is the essential transferable component across all science, engineering, technology and maths subjects.

What can you expect from this course?

Maths A-level, starting with AS level in year twelve, builds upon what you have been learning at GCSE. You will start cultivating the maths skills that you started learning throughout your GCSE, but you will develop this further and fine-tune subject knowledge on your way to handling much more complicated mathematics.

How is it assessed?

3 x2hr papers at the end of Y13

Paper 1: Pure Maths         100 marks           2 hours

Paper 2: Pure Maths        100 marks           2 hours

Paper 3: Stats & Mech      100 marks           2 hours

What are the entry requirements?

GCSE grade 6 and above.

What can I do after completing this qualification?


What will I study? (include unit numbers and names)

Pure Maths consists of topics involving algebra, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry and some numerical work.

Mechanics is closely related to Physics and includes topics involving force, mass, weight, velocity, acceleration, power, gravity, work, moments, momentum and energy.

Statistics is a continuation and development of some of the work that you did at GCSE – topics include mean, median, mode, range, quartiles, histograms, cumulative frequency, interquartile range, standard deviation, variance, sampling, hypothesis testing, probability and correlation.

Additional activities within this subject

Use of graphing software, such as Geogebra and Desmos.

Wider Reading list

Why do buses come in threes? – Rob Easterway

Fermat’s Last Theorem – Simon Singh

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland – Alex Bellos

The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets – Simon Singh

Useful links or Apps

Online textbook –

Dr Frost:



Miss Bell, Mr Dunn, Mr Evans