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Mathematics AS/A Level at South Dartmoor Community College

Course description

The AS and A2 level Mathematics courses we offer are the OCR MEI Structured Mathematics Scheme. This is a modular course consisting of three AS components studied in Year 12 and three further components studied in Year 13.

Course content

For AS there will be two compulsory pure mathematics units, Core 1 and 2, and for A2, Core 3 and 4 (also known as C1, C2, C3 and C4). Core maths starts by covering the basic processes involved in using algebra, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry and an introduction to differentiation and integration. This is followed by indices, logarithms, sequences and series. Further work is included on functions, differentiation, integration and numerical methods. The higher modules extend the work in trigonometry and calculus. Algebra and geometry work includes partial fractions, vectors and parametric equations.

In addition, there will be a pair of applied units:

Statistics 1 (S1) revises GCSE work on data processing and presentation. The study of probability includes work involving permutations, combinations and the Binomial Distribution. This culminates in the study of hypotheses testing.

Mechanics 1 (M1) starts by establishing the methods of modelling real-life situations and includes work on vectors, problems involving motion and forces, Newton’s Laws and projectiles.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at C grade or above. Students would be expected to have studied Mathematics at the Higher Tier and achieved at least a B grade (preferably an A). FSMQ students will be provided with extension materials as required.


Each equally weighted module is assessed by a separate examination, except C3 which includes a coursework component.

AS: C1, C2, S1

A2: C3, C4, M1

Future opportunities

Mathematics is a subject which supports study in many diverse areas, including the sciences, economics, business, the humanities and sports studies. Mathematics AS and A2 level is not just a stepping stone to a degree in Mathematics, it is also a requirement for many other courses and careers. These range from engineering to accountancy, medicine to computer science and statistics to business management.

Further information

For each module there is a text book and revision sheet support. A student handbook containing formulas and tables is provided through the department. The course is supported by the use of graphic calculators, ICT programmes such as Autograph, Geogebra and access to a range of resources on the MEI website and on Mymaths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Dartmoor Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

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