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Mathematics at Richard Hale School

Course description

Exam Body: EDEXCEL

What students can expect of the course

  • AS and A2 level Mathematics both build on the knowledge, skills and understanding developed at GCSE, but there are specific skills from GCSE of which candidates need to have mastery in order to be able to access the curriculum (a copy of this is available on request).
  • AS level in Year 12 comprises modules C1, C2 and M1. These develop candidates' confidence and enjoyment of Mathematics, and help students to use Mathematics as a means of communication, and as a tool for modelling and solving real world problems.
  • To extend from AS to A2, 3 further modules are studied in Year 13: C3, C4 and D1. These build on prior knowledge both from AS and from Key Stage 4 work.
  • The modules of Pure Mathematics (C1, C2, C3 and C4) teach students to reason logically, to recognise incorrect reasoning and to construct mathematical proofs. The Applied modules (M1, and D1) have many areas of overlap with other subjects, as these teach students to recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically, and to understand the relationship between real world problems and other standard models.
  • There is no coursework component at AS or A2 level in Mathematics.

  • Course content

    C1 (AS)


    (16? %)

    Algebra and functions; quadratics, cubics, simultaneous equations; coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration.

    C2 (AS)


    (16? %)

    Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration.

    M1 (AS)


    (16? %)

    Mathematical models; vectors; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; statics of a particle; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; moments.

    C3 (A2)

    16? %

    Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods.

    C4 (A2)

    16? %

    Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry using parametric equations; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors.

    D1 (A2)

    16? %

    Algorithms; graphs & networks; route inspection problems; critical path analysis; linear programming; matching problems.

    Entry requirements

    GCSE Mathematics: grade B or better. Only students who have gained the grade through Higher GCSE Tier will be suitable for AS Mathematics.


    Please see above for details.

    How to apply

    If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Hale School directly.

    Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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