Department Leader: Charlotte Knight

In the sixth form students follow a 2 year A-Level program in Further Maths and/or Mathematics.

Current Year 13

Year 13 are studying the old specification and will attempt modules in:

  • Core 3
  • Core 4
  • Statistics 2

Having already taken exams in:

  • Core 1
  • Core 2
  • Statistics 1

In Further Maths the students are taking 2 Further Pure modules and 1 Decision and Discrete module.

Year 12

This year’s year 12 will embark upon the new specification course offered by Edexcel.

In A Level Mathematics:

In the new specification for Mathematics all modules are compulsory meaning the A-Level mathematics is more standardised across all the different educational institutions.

Students will aim to sit three two hour exams at the end of year 13.

Two of these will concentrate on the pure mathematics topics such as:

Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Vectors, etc.

The other exam will be 50% Statistics and 50% Mechanics.

In the statistics module students will be investigating topics such as:

Probability, Statistical Distributions and Hypothesis Tests, Data Presentation and Interpretation, etc.

In mechanics they will study:

Kinematics, Forces, Moments, Newton’s Laws, etc.

(These topics should also help support any students wishing to study physics.)

In A Level Further Mathematics

In Further Mathematics the new specification dictates half of the content course:

Including topics:

Complex numbers, matrices, proof, differential equations etc

 The other half is chosen by the school. Here at KBA we have opted to take:

Additional Further Pure, Decision and Discrete

These will include topics that take the further pure topics into greater depth and the decision looks at algorithms, critical path analysis, linear programming, etc.

These two additional modules will be taught alongside the two compulsory Further Pure Mathematics modules

Year 12s are advised that the Casio FX 991 EX “Classwiz” calculator is recommended by both the school and the exam board. This will be required in order to answer a number of questions, particularly in the statistics modules.


We have a number of textbooks available on the school intranet, and textbooks specifically for the new specification can be obtained from the Edexcel website.

Specifically named

Maths Year 12: Year 1/AS Pure Mathematics ISBN-10: 129218339X

Year 1/AS Statistic and Mechanics ISBN-10: 1292232536

Maths Year 13: Year 2 Pure Mathematics ISBN-10: 1292183403

Year 2 Statistics and Mechanics ISBN-10: 1446944077

(Four text books for Mathematics)

Pure mathematics year1/AS and year 2

Statistics and Mechanics year1/AS and year 2

(Four text books for Further Mathematics.)

Core Pure mathematics book1/AS and book 2

Further pure mechanics 1 FP1

Decision Mathematics 1 D1


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