GSO Test

Mathematics A Level

Awarding Body


Assessment Structure

100% examination (at the end of the course)

  • Paper 1 - Pure Maths (2 hours, 100 marks)
  • Paper 2 - Pure Maths & Statistics (2 hours, 100 marks)
  • Paper 3 - Pure Maths & Mechanics (2 hours, 100 marks)

Minimum entry requirement

  • NBP16C level 3 entry requirements
  • GCSE (7) in Mathematics at higher tier (students who achieve a grade 6 will be admitted to the course, if they successfully pass a pre-entrance test)

Why should I study this course?

If you have a clear and logical mind and enjoy the challenge of working through problems and calculations, you should study mathematics.  You will extend your range of mathematical skills and techniques and these are then applied to mathematical models and ‘real world’ problems.  You will develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general. 

What will I learn?

You will develop skills in pure mathematics as well as statistics and mechanics. Within the pure components, topics will include indices and surds, polynomials, coordinate geometry and graphs, trigonometry, sequences and series, algebra, differentiation and integration, numerical methods, differential equations and vectors.  Statistics involves working with and interpreting data, with topics including probability, hypothesis testing and the Normal Distribution. Mechanics involves mathematical problems related to the physical world and motion, with topics including Newton’s Laws of motion, kinematics and moments.

How will I learn?

You will be taught using a variety of teaching methods including teacher-led activities, group work and independent study.  Consolidation through practice will be an important feature. There will also be projects and other work completed using technology to support mathematical calculations and conclusions. This will include using graphing software and utilising Microsoft Excel to complete statistical calculations and analyse data.

What can I do with my qualification?

Mathematics A level opens doors to many rewarding and competitive careers.  You will find mathematics invaluable if you want to study accountancy, banking, economics, engineering, surveying or any science subject.  You will have gained problem solving skills and clear thinking, which will support your study in other subject areas.

What do students say?

“It’s hard work and a bit step up from GCSE maths, but I find the structure of learning and support really helpful.”

“I can’t think of a more useful subject to study.”