The linear AS/A Level courses from Edexcel effectively repackage their old modular courses into a number of terminal exams. Each course covers pure and applied mathematics in the ratio 2:1. Mathematics students will cover pure maths topics such as: algebra; geometry and calculus. Applied topics include compulsory statistics and mechanics. Further mathematicians, as well as learning additional compulsory topics in pure maths such as complex analysis and linear algebra get a choice of studying further statistics, mechanics or decision maths. Many topics will require students to apply their knowledge to solving real world problems such as the minimum amount of material needed to create the largest volume container or the most effective route for a postman to deliver mail.
GCSE grade 6 in Mathematics is required for A Level Mathematics.
GCSE grade 8 is required for Further Mathematics. Note that students opting to take Further Mathematics must also take A Level Mathematics as a separate option.