# 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

• Quadratics 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

• Radian measure

• 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.