Mathematics Fast Track A Level (Full AS+A2) (Mechanics)

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Mathematics (Mechanics) A Level

About A Levels

A levels are subject-specific qualifications normally studied after GCSEs or International GCSEs, though they are appropriate at any age to gain a qualification in a subject in which you are interested.

The qualification is made up of two levels: the AS level and the A2 level. The AS level is the first half of a full A level and is a qualification on its own. The A2 level builds on the knowledge gained from both the AS level, as well as the GCSE level. Both the AS and A2 levels and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.

Students usually take 1 year to complete the AS and a further year to complete the A2 - so a full …

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Mathematics (Mechanics) A Level

About A Levels

A levels are subject-specific qualifications normally studied after GCSEs or International GCSEs, though they are appropriate at any age to gain a qualification in a subject in which you are interested.

The qualification is made up of two levels: the AS level and the A2 level. The AS level is the first half of a full A level and is a qualification on its own. The A2 level builds on the knowledge gained from both the AS level, as well as the GCSE level. Both the AS and A2 levels and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.

Students usually take 1 year to complete the AS and a further year to complete the A2 - so a full A level usually takes two years. This fast track A level, however, lets you complete the course in half the time (i.e. one year instead of two years). The fast track A level works in exactly the same way and you get the same certificate as you would on the two-year course.

A levels are highly valued by schools, colleges and employers. They are at level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework and they carry UCAS points, which will be awarded according to the grade achieved (A = 120, B = 100, C = 80).

Many courses at university or college will require you to take A levels in certain subjects. We recommend you check the requirements for those courses and take the appropriate subject A levels.

About Our A Level Maths Course

By the end of your course, you will be able to work with complex functions and understand how to calculate forces in mechanics. You will cover topics such as geometry, calculus, trigonometry and algebra and gain the ability to manipulate figures, and use abstract reasoning and logic in problem solving.

Format of Course

There are many modules that make up A level Mathematics. We offer the main modules as follows:

  • Core 1
  • Core 2
  • Mechanics 1
  • Core 3
  • Core 4
  • Mechanics 2

The first three modules constitute AS Level and the later three modules are A2 Level. Each module is presented separately. The content of the modules have references to Edexcel Modular Mathematics textbooks, which will need to be purchased in conjunction with the course. The course builds up understanding of key mathematical concepts gradually and sequentially. Topics such as differentiation and integration are covered in all the Core modules and form part of the essential mathematical toolkit needed for higher study.

For each module there are two or three formal tutor-marked assessments which, when completed, should be sent to your tutor, via e-mail or conventional post. All of the information within the units is written in line with the requirements of the Edexcel examination board specification and the demands of the examination. All units are broken down into clear subject topics, and students should spend the amount of time studying for each topic as advised by their course tutor. Each topic module has been written for ease of understanding and topic coverage may be of different length and difficulty depending on the level of detail and information required. You will need to study the modules in the sequence provided.

The AS and A2 modules link together and assessment is all done by examination as there is no coursework option.

Mathematics has a distinct vocabulary, notation and terminology all of its own – for many mathematics is a language. You are expected not only to recognise and understand notation and vocabulary in examination papers, but use them correctly in your answers. If you have problems remembering these it is a good idea to write them on index cards or to develop a file of key words as you go along in order to help you learn them.

What Can I Do After Completing This A Level in Mathematics?

Getting A levels can provide you with a variety of options, such as work, further study or an apprenticeship.

After successful completion of this course, you could apply to university, a BTEC Higher National, NVQ, a BTEC Apprenticeship or a mixture of these qualifications.

If you are applying to a UK university you are likely to apply through the University and College Admission Service (UCAS). You can find out more about UCAS and how A levels are valued by Further and Higher education institutes on the UCAS website.

Financing Your Maths A Level

While our 'Fees' tab below shows only full payment options, we do offer alternatives for financing your A level course. You can either pay everything up front so you don't have to think about it again, or we have an instalment payment plan available, whereby you pay a deposit of £100.84 plus 5 monthly intalments of £60.84.

To take advantage of our monthly instalment plan, you'll need to contact us directly to enrol at +44 (0) 1288 356300, or info@stonebridge.uk.com.

Syllabus

AS Level

Module 1 – Core Mathematics 1

Topics included:

  • Algebra and functions
  • Quadratic functions
  • Equations and inequalities
  • Sketching curves
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
  • Sequence and series
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
Module 2 – Core Mathematics 2

Topics included:

  • Algebra and functions
  • The sine and cosine rules
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
  • The binomial expansion
  • Radian measure and its application
  • Geometric sequences and series
  • Graphs of trigonometric functions
  • Trigonometrical identities and simple equations
  • Intergration
Module 3 – Mechanics 1

Topics included:

  • Mathematical models in mechanics
  • Kinematics of particles
  • Dynamics of particles
  • Statics of a particle
  • Moments
  • Vectors

A2 Level

Module 4 – Core 3

Topics included:

  • Algebraic fractions
  • Functions
  • The exponential and log functions
  • Numerical methods
  • Transforming graphs of functions
  • Trigonometry: looking at the secant, cosecant and cotangent
  • Differentiation: using the various rules for complex functions
Module 5 – Core 4

Topics included:

  • Partial fractions
  • The binomial expansion
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
  • Vectors
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
Module 6 – Mechanics 2

Topics included:

  • Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane
  • Centres of mass
  • Work, energy and power
  • Collisions
  • Statics of rigid bodies

Additional Information

You will also require the following text books for your course:

  • Core 1 Edexcel AS Mathematics
  • Core 2 Edexcel AS Mathematics
  • Mechanics 1 Edexcel AS Mathematics

All by Keith Pledger et al. Published by Heinemann.

Study Hours

Variable by student commitment. Allow 50 hours per module.

Qualifications

Qualification: AS/A2 - A level in Mathematics

On successful completion of this course you will receive a AS/A2 - A level in Mathematics from EdExcel. Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level. Specification: Edexcel (AS) 8371 and Edexcel (A2) 9371

Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation, offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.

A levels are at level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework, and they carry UCAS points, which will be awarded according to the grade achieved (A = 120, B = 100, C = 80).

Requirements for Entry

Students must have completed a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C.

Students must have completed a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C.

Benefits

What's Included

Online learning documentation, online resources, plus priority tutor support for 1 year.

More Information

January 2013 will be the last January exam period. All future exams will be held during the May - June exam period only.

Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

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