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Mathematics A level at The Bourne Academy

Course description

Mathematics gives a strong academic basis for a huge number of university courses. If you plan to study Mathematics at university or you are aiming for a career in engineering, economics, medicine, technology or science, Mathematics is the right A level subject for you. A level Mathematics is a two year course. At the end of the first year you will be awarded a grade for AS Mathematics. After the second year you will be awarded the full A level (A2)

Course content

AS mathematics consists of three units:

  • Core 1: Algebra & functions, quadratic functions, equations and inequalities, sketching curves, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, differentiation and integration
  • Core 2: Algebra and functions, the sine and cosine rule, exponentials and logarithms, Coordinate geometry, the binomial expansion, radian measure, geometric sequences and series, graphs of trigonometric functions, differentiation, trigonometric identities and Iteration.

Applied unit 1 - A2 Mathematics consists of three units:

  • Core 3: Algebraic fractions, functions, the exponential and log functions, numerical methods, transforming graphs of functions, trigonometry, further trigonometric identities and differentiation
  • Core 4: Partial fractions, coordinate geometry, binomial expansion, differentiation, vectors and integration.

Applied unit 2 - For the Applied units, students will study two of the following:

  • Mechanics 1: Forces as vectors, kinematics of motion in a straight line
  • Decision 1: Algorithms, graph theory, networks and linear programming
  • Statistics 1: Representation of data, probability, discrete random variables, correlation and measures of spread

Entry requirements

Students will need to have five or more A*- C grades at GCSE. A level Mathematics is, without doubt, one of the most academically challenging A level courses. You must have at least a grade B in GCSE Mathematics, although we would strongly recommend you have grade A or A*.


A level Mathematics is 100% examination at both AS and A2.

Future opportunities

A strong Mathematical ability is very highly regarded by employers and universities. A level Mathematics is an essential requirement for many degree courses, such as Mathematics, Physics and Engineering. It is highly desirable in a wide range of Science courses, Architecture, Computing, Accounting and Economics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bourne Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years