A2 Maths (second year of A-Level Maths)
A2 Maths is the name we give to the second year of A-Level Mathematics. For the full A-Level in Maths, students must study for two full years and take exams in the summer at the end of Year 2. Students also have the option to get a qualification in AS Maths for which they will only study for one year (see more on AS Maths). However, there are more exams and they are more advanced in content and difficulty when studying both the AS and A2 Maths years. See below for more exam information or click here to see the Edexcel website information for A-Level Mathematics.
Topics covered in A2 Maths
- Proof: proof by contradiction
- Algebra & Functions: modulus of a function, partial fractions, inverse and composite functions, compound transformations
- Coordinate Geometry: parametric equations
- Sequences & Series: arithmetic series (and sigma notation), geometric series, sequences, binomial expansion
- Trigonometry: radians, arc length & area of a sector, small angle approximations, reciprocal trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, double & compound angle formulae
- Exponentials & Logarithms: compound transformations
- Differentiation: concavity, convexity & inflection points, derivatives of trigonometric functions, product, quotient & chain rule, parametric & implicit differentiation, differentiating exp/log functions, differential equations & rates
- Integration: further integration, integrating with trigonometric identities, integration by substitution, integration by parts, integrate using partial fractions, solving differential equations,
- Numerical Methods: locating roots using iteration (including Newton-Raphson), trapezium rule
- Vectors – 3D vectors
A-Level Maths Exam Information
From September 2017, the Edexcel Maths A-Level will be taught from a new linear syllabus. Students will start learning the material in September and will take two exams in May/June two years later. The examinations are made up of 3 papers: 2 papers on Pure Mathematics and 1 paper on Statistics and Mechanics. Students are expected to be familiar with the Large Dataset.
Paper 1 is the first paper that covers the pure (or core) aspects of the course. The paper is out of 100 marks and is worth 33.33% of the qualification. The duration is 2 hours and the exam paper code is 9MA0/01.
- Paper examines Pure Maths components
- Out of a possible 100 marks
- Worth 33.33% of the A-Level Maths qualification
- Duration – 2 hours
- Paper code – 9MA0/01