Mathematics AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

The course starts from the end of Higher Level GCSE and opens up a whole new dimension in mathematics. The main part of the course is made up of the Core modules (Pure Mathematics), which take the algebra and trigonometry studied at GCSE on further and introduce calculus; one of the most important and powerful of all the areas of mathematics. Algebra is particularly important and you should, by the end of the course, become as fluent with algebra as you would expect to be with arithmetic at the end of GCSE. The statistics module takes on the work done at GCSE, covering ways of analysing and displaying numerical data and of drawing conclusions from this. Probability theory is also developed beyond GCSE. The Mechanics module covers analysing force, acceleration, momentum and similar concepts to model real world physical situations.

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1: Core 1

• Algebra and functions

• Equations and inequalities

• Sketching curves

• Coordinate geometry

• Sequences and series

• Differentiation

• Integration

Assessment Information

Examination is worth 33.3% of the final grade

Unit 2: Core 2

• Algebra and functions

• Sine and cosine rule

• Exponentials and logarithms

• Coordinate geometry

• Binomial expansion

• Geometric sequences and series

• Graphs of trigonometric functions

• Differentiation

• Trigonometric identities

• Integration

Assessment Information

Examination is worth 33.3% of the final grade

Unit 3: Statistics

• Measures of location

• Measures of dispersion

• Statistical diagrams

• Probability

• Correlation

• Regression

• Discrete random variables

• Normal distribution

Assessment Information

Examination is worth 33.3% of the final grade

Year 2

Unit 4: Core 3

• Algebraic fractions

• Functions

• Exponential and logs

• Numerical methods

• Transformations of graphs

• Trigonometry

• Differentiation

Assessment Information

Examination is worth 33.3% of the final grade

Unit 5: Core 4

• Partial fractions

• Further coordinate geometry

• Binomial expansions

• Differentiation

• Vectors

• Integration

Assessment Information

Examination is worth 33.3% of the final grade

Unit 6: Mechanics 1

• Kinematics

• Dynamics

• Statics

• Moments

• Vectors

Assessment Information

Examination is worth 33.3% of the final grade

Entry requirements

A* - B in GCSE Mathematics

Assessment

See Course Content for full assessment information.

Future opportunities

Progression in Mathematics can be in fields such as science, commerce, engineering and computing. In addition to specific skills, the Mathematics course develops the ability to think clearly and logically through problems and as such is a widely respected qualification with universities and employers.

Further information

The course combines well with several AS and A2 Level subjects including Further Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Business and Economics.

Student quote

Maths involves skills that are a great help throughout the rest of your life. Every employer wants a mathematician.”  Iain Mitchell

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 January 2016

Key information

• Start date: Next September
• Duration: 1 year AS Level / 2 years A2 Level
• Course code: Edexcel 8371 / 9371
• Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

• Contact name:
• Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
• Contact telephone number:
• 01435 866066 ext 1227