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A2 Level: Mathematics at New College Leicester

Course description

A-level Maths is made up of six units – three at AS and three at A2. There are four Pure Core units which make up two-thirds of the qualification and provide the techniques in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus that form the fundamental building blocks of the subject. 

Course content

In Year 12, students will study 3 modules:

Pure Core 1 – comprising quadratic equations, simultaneous equations, coordinate geometry, introductory calculus

Pure Core 2 – comprising sequences and series, trigonometry, further calculus, exponentials and logarithms

Mechanics 1 – comprising kinematics, force, Newton’s Laws of Motion, momentum, projectiles

Each module is equally weighted, contributing 33% towards an AS-Level, or 16.7% of a full A-Level.

These will be assessed in Summer 2016, each with a 1 hour 30 minute exam.


In Year 13, students will develop these topic further in the pure modules: Pure Core 3 and Pure Core 4.

In addition, students will study either Statistics or Decision Mathematics as an accompaniment. These modules will be tested, as before, by examination.

The entire A-level is therefore the sum of these 6 modules.

Entry requirements

To be considered for A- Level Maths, students will need to have achieved a minimum of grade B at GCSE.



Students will need a strong grasp of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, ratio and proportion, and statistics.

A-Level Mathematics is a good complement to other subjects, particularly Science, Physics especially, Economics, Psychology.

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Future opportunities

An A Level in Mathematics is highly regarded by the majority of employers and universities, precisely because of the demands it makes and the skills it develops. Mathematics is an essential transferable component across other disciplines such as science, engineering, technology.

You must have A level Maths if you wish to study: Maths, Statistics, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering or Accountancy at University.

Geography, Psychology, Biology, Medicine and Sports Science degrees all use advanced maths skills.

Further information

Please contact Mr Anyon (Head of Mathematics) or your Connexions advisor. 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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