How is it Studied?

Edexcel A-level Mathematics is taught within the two-year, five-term and one year A-level programmes.

Some of the abstract structures and techniques studied in the A-Level specification are calculus, vectors, quadratics, and logarithms.

OCR, OCR MEI and AQA A-Level Mathematics are available as two-term or one year retake programmes. 

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


What do I need?

A minimum of grade C (5) in GCSE or IGCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).

What should I study with Mathematics?

A-Level Mathematics complements every other A-Level subject but is most commonly studied alongside subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Computer Science and Economics.

At Oxford Tutorial College, many of our BTEC Level 3 Business Diploma (BTEC Plus) students choose to study A-Level Mathematics alongside their BTEC programme.

A-Level Mathematics is also studied by students wishing to progress to A-Level Further Mathematics. Such students sit A-Level Mathematics at the end of the first year of their A-Level programme and then sit A-Level Further Mathematics at the end of the second and final year of their A-Level programme. Such students are known as ‘double mathematicians’ and they can also choose two other A-Level subjects to study across their two-year programme. Most commonly, such students will study combinations such as Physics and Computer Science; Physics and Chemistry; Biology and Chemistry; Economics and Politics.

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, the College offers A-Level Mathematics as a one year programme to:

  • Those of our students progressing to A-Level Further Mathematics in their second and final A-Level year
  • As a ‘new subject’ to students who have already completed the equivalent of AS-Level Mathematics in their home countries and can clearly demonstrate high ability in mathematics  and academic English
  • For A-Level retake students