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Mathematics A Level (Distance Learning) at National Extension College *Fees Payable*

Course description



An A level in maths demonstrates a level of intelligence and sharpness of mind that will be attractive to employers and universities regardless of the specific role or course you want to get into. Our home study course introduces you to all the advanced concepts you need to be familiar with to gain this qualification, such as coordinate geometry, curve sketching and calculus. Whatever your background or your plans, an A level in maths will sharpen your thinking and boost your credentials, and is essential for anyone wishing to study maths or a maths-related subject at degree level. 


You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.

Course content

Unit C1: Core Maths 1

  • Algebra
  • Curve sketching
  • Inequalities and equations
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Sequences and series
  • Indices
  • Calculus

Unit C2: Core Maths 2

  • Algebra
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Sequences
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration

Unit C3: Core Maths 3

  • Algebra
  • Functions
  • The modulus function and further transformation of graphs
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Numerical methods

Unit C4: Core Maths 4

  • Partial fractions and the binomial expansion
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • First-order differential equations
  • Parameters
  • Vectors

Unit D1: Decision Maths

  • Algorithms
  • Graphs
  • Using weighted graphs in practical problem solving
  • The route inspection problem
  • Critical path analysis
  • Linear programming
  • Matchings

Unit S1: Statistics 1

  • Mathematical models in statistics
  • Representing data I: frequency distribution
  • Representing data II: measures of location
  • Representing data III: measures of dispersion
  • Probability
  • Correlation and regression
  • Discrete random variables
  • The normal distribution

Unit S2: Statistics 2

  • The binomial and Poisson distributions
  • Continuous random variables
  • Continuous distributions
  • Hypothesis tests

Unit M1: Mechanics 1

  • Mathematical models in mechanics
  • Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line
  • Dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line
  • Statics of a particle and motion on an inclined plane
  • Moments
  • Vectors in mechanics

Unit M2: Mechanics 2

  • Kinematics of a particle
  • Centres of mass
  • Work and energy
  • Collisions
  • Statics of rigid bodies

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course, but we advise that you have studied maths at GCSE or equivalent level.


This course follows specifications 8371 (AS), 8373 (AS/Pure) and 9371 (A2) from the awarding organisation Edexcel. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from Edexcel's website.

Six exams: each 1hr30m (16.7% of marks)

Seven AS assignments, seven A2 assignments
No coursework

Please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course isSummer 2018.

Financial information



It’s your choice: pay in full and discount your course fees, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.

Representative examples:

For the full A level
Course fee:   £545
Deposit:  £54.50
Amount of credit:   £490.50
Monthly payment:  £81.75
Duration of agreement:  6 months
Total repayable:  £545
Rate of interest:  0%(fixed)
0% APR representative.  
For AS level or A2 level
Course fee:  £325
Deposit:   £32.50
Amount of credit: £292.50 
Monthly payment:   £48.75
Duration of agreement:  6 months
Total repayable:   £325
Rate of interest:  0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.  
For enrolments in the UK there are no additional postage and packing charges. For enrolments outside of the UK the following postage and packing charges apply:


  • EU – £75 for the first course and £40 for second and subsequent courses
  • Rest of the world – £130 for the first course and £70 for second and subsequent courses

Further information

This course is entirely self-contained so no additional textbooks are required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact National Extension College *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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