AS and A Level Mathematics
Board: 
Edexcel 

Course code: 
International Mathematics AS Level: XMA11, International Mathematics A2 Level: YMA11 

Duration: 
2 years (full A level) or 1 year (AS level)


Aims of the course: 


Topics covered: 
AS level Mathematics
P1: Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x,y); trigonometry; differentiation; integration.
P2: Proof; algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series;
exponentials and logarithms; trigonometry; differentiation; integration.
M1: Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line; dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; statics of a particle; moments.
Or
S1: Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; correlation and regression; discrete random variables; discrete distributions; the Normal distribution.
A2 level Mathematics
P3: Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration; numerical methods.
P4: Proof; algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; binomial expansion;
differentiation; integration; vectors.
M2: Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; centres of mass; work and energy; collisions; statics of rigid bodies.
Or
S2: The Binomial and Poisson distributions; continuous random variables; continuous distributions; samples; hypothesis tests.


Assessed: 
AS
By examination.
P1 module taken in January.
P2 & M1 or S1 modules taken in May/June

A2 By examination.
P3 module taken in January.
P4 & M1 or M2 or S1 or S2 modules taken in May/June

Assessment details: 
All units equally weighted at 16 2/3% of the complete A level
Each examination paper lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes



Calculators may be used in all units


Leads to: 
An Alevel mathematics course provides not only an 'in depth' study of mathematics but also aims to develop those skills essential for a successful university career in mathematics, physics, actuarial science, statistics, engineering, operations research, computer science, business and industrial management, economics, finance, chemistry, geology, life sciences, behavioural sciences and cryptography. Mathematicians are highly employable due to their strong analytical and reasoning skills.
Both universities and employers hold an A level qualification in Mathematics in high regard. With the appropriate combination of other AS and A levels, A level Mathematics can lead to a wide variety of options when choosing higher education courses. Typical examples include Medicine, Engineering, Law, Business, Social and Political sciences, Natural sciences, and of course Mathematics itself. Similarly the employment opportunities are equally diverse.
Further Mathematics is strongly recommended for those students who wish to apply to those universities listed in the “top ten” for such subjects as Engineering, Economics, Mathematics or Physics.
