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A2 Mathematics at Buttershaw Business & Enterprise College

Course description

Mathematics AS and A2 courses area very demanding but, for the right students, really enjoyable and rewarding. In core mathematics you will develop a lot of familiar ideas from GCSE and take them to the next level, adding some new ideas such as calculus along the way. At AS level you will also apply your mathematics to the field of statistics which extends data handling concepts you studies at GCSE.

A Level maths could be key to a career in: aeronautics, banking, architecture, engineering, physics, pharmacy, astronomy, accountancy and many others.


Students attend all session, both timetabled and occasional additional sessions, and are expected to meet all deadlines. If students are experiencing problems with the work then additional support is available through JA and after school sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in the maths department.


Homework will be formally marked weekly by the teacher of the module. Students can therefore expect to receive two substantial homeworks per week.

Course content

AS Units

Core 1 - Quadratics, algebra & functions, equations and inequalities, sketching curves, co-ordinate geometry, sequence and series, differentiation, integration

Core 2 – Algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, transformations of sin, cos and tan graphs, exponentials and logarithms, differentiations, integrations

Statistics 1 – Mathematical modelling, representing sample data, methods for summarising sample data (location and dispersion), probability, correlation, regression, discrete random variables, the normal distribution.

A2 Units

Core 3 – Algebra and functions, trigonometry, using trigonometric identities, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, numerical methods

Core 4 – Algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, differentiation integration, vectors Mechanics 1 – Vectors, Kinematics, Forces, Momentum, Newton’s Laws of Motion 1, Newton’s Laws of Motion 2, projectiles

Entry requirements

GCSE maths grade A*, A or B


Six assessed units by examination at the end of the course.

Further information

Please see Mr Hume

How to apply

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Last updated date: 08 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September