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What is Mathematics?

Some of the abstract structures and techniques studied in the basic A Level syllabus are calculus, vectors, quadratics, and logarithms. The Mathematics department at Oxford Tutorial College offers study of these and other topics in a wide variety of subject options, including Pure Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics.

 

Students starting a two-year course in September 2017 will study the new Pearson (Edexcel) specification. For this academic year only, students wishing to retake A Level Mathematics (with the old specification) can be supported in whatever modules they would like to take.

How is it assessed?

AS Level Mathematics
Paper 1:

Pure Mathematics

62.5%, 2 hours, 100 marks

Paper 2:

Statistics and Mechanics

37.5%, 1 hour 15 minutes, 60 marks

 

A Level Mathematics
Paper 1:

Pure Mathematics

33%, 2 hours, 100 marks

Any pure content can be assessed on either paper
Paper 2:

Pure Mathematics

33%, 2 hours, 100 marks

Paper 3:

Statistics and Mechanics

33%, 2 hours, 100 marks

Section A: Statistics (50 marks)

Section B: Mechanics (50 marks)

 

Exam Board: Edexcel

 

Legacy (old) specification assessment:

Students take 6 modules for A Level Mathematics and 12 modules for A Level Further Mathematics on a variety of units. All modules are assessed through 1 hour 30 minutes papers.

What do I need?

A good pass in GCSE/IGCSE Mathematics, preferably A/A* or 7-9 (New Specification). For international students, an IELTS level of 5.5 is the minimum requirement.

What should I study with Mathematics?

A Level Maths is commonly combined with Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science. It adds to the understanding of these subjects at A Level and may improve performance in them. It also complements Business, Economics, and Psychology.

What can I do with A Level Mathematics?

Mathematics students learn to think logically and to apply the principles they have learnt to the solution of a variety of different problems. This training is of great value as preparation for a wide range of degree courses and careers. A Level Mathematics is a requirement for most degrees in Mathematics, Actuarial Science, Engineering and Medicine. Mathematics is most helpful, and may be required, for Economics and Business courses. A knowledge of statistics at A Level is applicable to almost any course in the social sciences.

Questions about the course

Can I study A-Level Mathematics in one year?

Yes, although it is a big commitment in both time and effort.

Does Further Mathematics count as a separate subject for university entry?

Yes. A Level Mathematics and A Level Further Mathematics are two A Level subjects.