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Mathematics A Level at The Axe Valley Community College

Course description

If you enjoy Maths and feel confident with the work you have met so far at GCSE, then you should seriously consider Maths AS or A-level. It is a demanding and challenging subject but it can be an extremely rewarding one if you are prepared to put in time and effort. Throughout, the emphasis is on understanding and interpretation rather than on mere routine calculations. An appreciation of the elegance or neatness of proofs and solutions to challenging mathematical problems is encouraged.

Course content

AS: Three A/S modules are delivered during Year 12.  C1 (Introduction to Advanced Mathematics)  C2 (Concepts for Advanced Mathematics)  S1 (Statistics 1) - A2: Three A2 modules are studied during Year 13. These are:  C3 (Methods for Advanced Mathematics)  C4 (Applications of Advanced Mathematics)  M1 (Mechanics 1).

Entry requirements

The normal A* to C pass rate to study advanced Level 3 courses plus a B or better in GCSE Maths achieved by studying the higher tier paper.


AS LEVEL: C1 Unit– One examination lasting 1.5 hours to be sat in June C2 Unit- One examination lasting 1.5 hours to be sat in June. S1 Unit- One examination lasting 1.5 hours to be sat in June. A2 LEVEL: C3 Unit– One examination to be sat in June Year 13 worth 80% of the marks. One coursework task to be completed during the Autumn term worth 18 marks (20%). The examination lasts for 1.5 hours. C4 Unit– One examination consisting of 2 papers to be sat in June. Paper 1 lasts for 1.5 hours. Paper 2 is a comprehension paper that lasts for 1 hour. M1 Unit– One examination lasting 1.5 hours to be sat in June.

Future opportunities

Students will learn how mathematical techniques underpin many other branches of academic study as well as recurring continually in the training of technical and management staff in industry and commerce. Mathematical ability is very highly regarded by both universities and employers. An A-Level in Maths is essential for many degree courses (such as physics, engineering and, of course, mathematics itself!), and is highly desirable in a wide range of subjects such as chemistry, natural sciences, architecture, computing, accounting etc. There is a national shortage of mathematicians, and employment prospects are good.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Axe Valley Community College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years