A level Maths Course
What board do we do? Edexcel, AS/A Level code: 8371/9371.
What is Mathematics?
Mathematics is a vast subject studying numbers, quantities, shape, space, their relationships, and a lot more. It attempts to describe this world as accurately and rigorously as possible, and thus is widely regarded as “the most precise human language”. The subject has got a huge number of fields and branches, and is fundamental to much of science and technology nowadays. It is generally divided into Pure and Applied Mathematics: the former studies entirely abstract objects, while the latter is concerned with applications of Mathematics in real life. By the end of the course, a successful student will have developed solid foundations in basic mathematical concepts and ideas, calculation skills, and problem-solving techniques necessary for higher education, further personal studies or careers.
Which subjects combine well with Mathematics?
From natural sciences like Physics and Chemistry, to social ones like Economics and Sociology, to Business Studies and ICT, many subjects directly rely on Mathematics because of the use of numbers, calculations and logic required to establish various concepts and solve numerous problems. However, the latter appears to depend only on logic and common sense. That is why Mathematics is often considered the ‘Queen of the Sciences’. The subject develops one’s ability to think clearly, argue reasonably, and solve problems effectively, which is important in any area of study where critical thinking is essential.
What careers and University courses can Mathematics lead to?
Excellent results in A Level Mathematics have become a standard prerequisite for gaining admission to a degree in the UK. A or A* grade in the subject is now on the list of the minimum requirements of top universities like Oxbridge, Imperial, LSE and UCL. Therefore, A Level Mathematics is quite essential today for entering a prestigious university, regardless of what study interests and career plans one may have.
A Mathematics degree, in turn, is highly valued by employers due to the skills in analysis, problem-solving and, of course, numeracy, that it develops. Many graduates have chosen to use their mathematical skills in careers in the City of London, such as trading and risk analysis; in banking, insurance and other financial services; and in scientific research, IT and industry. However, this is not an exhaustive list as the transferable skills gained through study of Mathematics are, in general, of wide applicability in many walks of life.
AS All papers 1hr 30min
AS unit Core Mathematics C1 (6663): 33.3% of AS level, 16.7% of A level
In this introductory unit, you will study simple algebraic manipulations, quadratic functions and their graphs, equations & inequalities, curve sketching, coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, sequences & series, and basic techniques of differentiation & integration.
AS unit Core Mathematics C2 (6664): 33.3% of AS level, 16.7 % of A level
The second Core Mathematics unit will deepen your knowledge of algebra, coordinate geometry, sequences & series, and elementary calculus. It will gently introduce you to the bases of trigonometry, exponentials & logarithms, binomial expansion, and radian measure.
AS unit Statistics S1 (6683): 33.3% of AS level, 16.7% of A level
Starting with explanation of importance of mathematical modelling in the subject, you will be taught such topics as representation and summary of data, probability theory, correlation, regression lines, discrete & continuous random variables; and conclude by establishing the normal distribution concept.
A2 All papers 1hr 30min
A2 unit Core Mathematics C3 (6665): 16.7% of A level
You will develop the skill of manipulating algebraic fractions, increase your knowledge of functions (especially exponential & logarithmic ones) and the effect of transformations on their graphs, study new trigonometric functions and identities, and learn many important rules for differentiation.
A2 unit Core Mathematics C4 (6666): 16.7% of A level
The syllabus of the last Core Mathematics units includes partial fractions, parametric equations, binomial expansion for constant indices; also for the first time in the course vectors are introduced, and their basic theory explained. Finally, you will study more complex results and rules of differential and integral calculus.
A2 unit Mechanics M1 (6677): 16.7% of A level
The opening unit in Mechanics covers briefly mathematical modelling, and elaborates on kinematics, dynamics and statics of particles, as well as moments, and applications of vectors in describing motion and forces, providing an essential background for further study of the subject.
Book List AS & Intensive
Edexcel AS and A Level Modular Mathematics C1
(Pearson Education Ltd.: ISBN 978-0435519100)
Edexcel AS and A Level Modular Mathematics C2
(Pearson Education Ltd.: ISBN 978-0435519117)
Edexcel AS and A Level Modular Mathematics S1
(Pearson Education Ltd.: ISBN 978-0435519124)
Book List A2 & Intensive
Edexcel AS and A Level Modular Mathematics C3
(Pearson Education Ltd.: ISBN 978-0435519094)
Edexcel AS and A Level Modular Mathematics C4
(Pearson Education Ltd.: ISBN 978-0435519070)
Edexcel AS and A Level Modular Mathematics M1
(Pearson Education Ltd.: ISBN 978-0435519162)
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