Please note that the above specification is currently a proposed version awaiting final approval by QCA for teaching from September 2017.
Knowledge of the complete content of the IGCSE Higher syllabus, especially algebra, is essential. If a student has not managed to achieve at least a grade A at IGCSE they will find the AS course extremely challenging.
While studying Mathematics, students will be expected to use mathematical arguments, skills, knowledge and logic to solve problems. Many of the ideas met in Pure Mathematics also serve as important foundations for other branches of mathematics. Mechanics enables modelling of systems, describing the motion of objects and calculating the forces upon them. Statistics involves learning how to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to arrive at conclusions.
A level Mathematics is taken by a wide range of students, from those intending to read the subject at university, to those needing particular techniques to support another subject of their chosen career and it can sensibly be taken in conjunction with any other A level subject. It is a sought after qualification not only for the work place but also in Higher Education.