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Mathematics Level 3 - AS Level/A Level at Exeter College

Course description

Students taking Mathematics at both AS and A Level study both Pure (Core) Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Each year of the course comprises two units of Core Mathematics and one unit of Applied Mathematics. The course follows the MEI Structured Mathematics course.

You will be taught by a mixture of group lectures, individual support and self-learning study materials. There will also be use of graphical calculators and computer software. An A-level Mathematics workshop ensures that you get all the Mathematics help you need outside group lectures.

Course content

Core Mathematics is the study of mathematical language and techniques such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus (differentiation and integration).

Applied Mathematics includes the study of statistics and mechanics.
Statistics is the application of mathematics to data analysis and uncertainty. This involves data analysis, discrete random variables, probability theory and the binomial distribution with hypothesis testing.

Mechanics is the application of mathematics to solving physical problems involving kinematics [the study of motion] and forces. The first Mechanics unit looks at the equations of motion [involving displacement, velocity, acceleration and time], projectiles, forces and Newton's laws of motion.

In the first year all AS Level students study Statistics as their applied option. During the second year, there is a choice of applied options. There is no coursework for AS LevelMathematics, but a small piece for A Level Mathematics, comprising 7% of the A Level grade.

Entry requirements

You need five GCSEs at Grade C or above (with Maths at Grade B minimum) and three GCSEs at grade D or above. You will also need a grade B or above in GCSE Physics or a grade B or above in both GCSE Additional Science. If you achieve Grade B or above in Maths then you will have to attend an extra maths lesson per week called Maths Support.


External assessment will be by 3 unit examinations (each 1 hour 30 minutes) for the course. In addition for A Level Maths there is a coursework element for Core 3 (20%) and comprehension paper for Core 4 (20%).



Financial information

In addition to stationery, you will need to purchase two textbooks for the course. These cost a total of £38.00. There is a limited supply of second-hand books available at reduced cost. There is also a £10 resource fee to cover the cost of revision materials you will be provided with. You will need a scientific calculator with statistical functions (approx £10).

Future opportunities

Mathematics is a valuable qualification for Scientific, Computing and Engineering degrees and has links with many other subjects including Business Studies, Geography, Economics, Biology, Environmental Science and Psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 February 2016
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