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Mathematics AS and A Level at Emmanuel College

Course description

Students are asked to choose between Mathematics with Statistics and Mathematics with Mechanics. For each course, there are six modules, 4 of which are core modules and two applied modules, which are chosen to suit a student’s interests and abilities.

Course content

AS Level Course (3 modules)

• C1: Mathematical Modelling, Algebra, Co-ordinate Geometry, Polynomials

• C2: Algebra, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Calculus, Curve Sketching

And either

• M1: Modelling, Vectors, Kinematics, force, Newton’s Laws of Motion


• S1: Processes, Data Presentation, Probability, Discrete Random Variables, Binomial Distribution

A2 Level Course (3 modules)

• C3: Proof, Logarithms, Functions, Calculus, Numerical Methods (including coursework)

• C4: Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Parametric Equations, Calculus, Vectors (including a comprehension) And either

• M2: Force, Work, Energy and Power, Momentum and Impulse, Centre of Mass


• S2: Bivariate Data, Poisson Distribution, Contingency Tables, Normal Distribution

As a general rule, the Mechanics course is taken by students who also study Physics and Engineering and the Statistics course by students who may be studying Geography, Economics and a variety of other courses.

Entry requirements

Students should achieve a strong A grade at GCSE. In addition students must have a subject teacher recommendation. Students who achieve at least an A grade may be allowed to take Maths as a fourth A level.


Year 12 (AS): 3 modules equally weighted.

Year 13 (A2): 3 modules equally weighted. C3 contains a coursework element (20%). C4 contains a comprehension paper (20%)

Future opportunities

An A Level in Mathematics is very valuable as a supporting subject to many courses at Advanced GCE and degree level, especially in the sciences and geography, psychology, sociology and medical courses. 

A Level Mathematics is a much sought-after qualification and is often a requirement for the vocational qualifications related to these areas.

Higher Education courses or careers that either require A Level Mathematics or are strongly related include: economics, medicine, architecture, engineering, accountancy, teaching, psychology, physics, computing, ICT.

People entering today’s most lucrative industries need to be confident using mathematics on a daily basis. To be sure of this, many employers still look for a traditional Mathematics A Level qualification. Researchers at the LSE have recently found that people who have studied Mathematics can earn up to 11% more than their colleagues, even in the same job.

Even in areas where Pure Mathematics isn’t required, other mathematics skills learned, such as logical thinking, problem solving and statistical analysis, are often desirable in the workplace. Mathematics is the new lingua franca of commerce, business and even journalism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Emmanuel College directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2016

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