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Mathematics A Level at Aston University Engineering Academy

Course description

Why study Mathematics?

Mathematics is a fundamental subject that is essential for many Science and Engineering disciplines and applications. It is a challenging and rewarding course which builds on the higher level GCSE topics such as algebra and trigonometry. Having a deep and strong understanding of these materials will allow you to access and see the beauty and power of the mathematics and its use as a tool to solve complex problems that occur in the world around us. It will also allow you to access the highest grades in this qualification.

What makes us different at AUEA Mathematics?

We have the entire course along with everything you need to revise on our Firefly page which you will gain access to once you commence the course. There are opportunities along the course to go on trips to Masterclasses, lectures as well as applying to become a peer mentor for students in the lower years. The Mathematics Curriculum Area have dedicated and knowledgeable staff ready to guide and support you through the entire course.

What are the aims of the course?

1. Develop a deeper understanding of the mathematical processes that will be used to solve problems and foster confidence and enjoyment.

2. Extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, complex and unstructured problems

3. Experience the beauty in the mechanics of mathematics and ‘how things just fit together’.

4. Recognise where mathematics is a tool to help understand processes in other subjects such as Science, Engineering and Art.

5. Recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between real world problems and other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved;

6. Acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators, iPads and computers effectively, to recognise when such use may be inappropriate and to be aware of limitations.

7. Develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general

8. Take an increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development.


The areas studied overlap with many other A level courses such as Engineering, Product Design, Physics, Chemistry and Business. Studying Mathematics at AS and A2 level needs a disciplined, logical, resilient and creative mind. It is academically challenging and consequentially requires a highly committed attitude to studies. Success will open the doors to an extremely large number of degree courses and financially rewarding career opportunities.

Course Modules

Year 12 AS Mathematics Modules

  • Core 1
  • Core 2
  • Statistics 1

Year 13 A2 Mathematics Modules

  • Core 3
  • Core 4
  • Mechanics 1


Course content

AS Mathematics Module Content

Core 1 

  • Algebra and Functions
  • Coordinate Geometry in the (x,y) plane
  • Sequences and Series
  • Differentiation
  • Integration

Core 2

  • Algebra and functions
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
  • Sequences and series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration

Statistics 1

  • Mathematical models in probability and statistics
  • Representation and summary of data
  • Probability
  • Correlation and regression
  • Discrete random variables
  • The Normal distribution

A2 Mathematics Module Content

Core 3

  • Algebra and functions
  • Trigonometry 
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Numerical methods

Core 4

  • Algebra and functions
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
  • Sequences and series
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Vectors

Mechanics 1

  • Mathematical Models in Mechanics
  • Vectors in Mechanics
  • Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line
  • Dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane
  • Statics of a particle
  • Moments


Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Mathematics


Year 12 AS LEVEL Assessment Method  & Weighting

  • Core 1  1 Written Non Calculator Paper 33.3% of AS 16.67% of A2    
  • Core 2 1 Written Calculator Paper 33.3% of AS 16.67% of A2          
  • Statistics 1 1 Written Calculator Paper 33.3% of AS 16.67% of A2        

Year 13 A2 LEVEL Assessment Method & Weighting

  • Core 3 1 Written Calculator Paper 33.3% of AS 16.67% of A2      
  • Core 4 1 Written Calculator Paper 33.3% of AS 16.67% of A2        
  • Mechanics 1 1 Written Calculator Paper 33.3% of AS 16.67% of A2        


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Future opportunities


Degree in Mathematics, Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Accountancy, Project Management, Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Sports Science.

These degrees will lead to corresponding careers and financially rewarding career opportunities.

Further information

If you require further information on any aspect of the course you should contact the following:

Miss Zara Loi

Curriculum Area Leader – Mathematics

Aston University Engineering Academy

1 Lister Street, Birmingham B7 4AG

0121 380 0570   ext 1014¦   

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aston University Engineering Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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      At Aston University Engineering Academy, we have a unique focus on engineering and science that we enhance through our strong links with local and national industrial partners. Working in partnership enables us to deliver an exciting and relevant engineering and science focused curriculum. It also enables work-based experience for all our students as well as a pool of mentors and role models to support and enhance the academic curriculum.

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