AS/A Level Mathematics – Mechanics
Type: Full Time
Qualification: AS/A level Download PDF details
This course is particularly suited for students studying A Level Physics and Technology. The Mechanics units (MI and M2) in particular, complement these subjects.
You will study both Pure Maths (which includes algebra, calculus, trigonometry and geometry) and Applied Maths modules. Pure Maths (the "Core" modules) gives you the tools needed for solving problems while the Applied Maths allows you to use these in real world contexts. What you learn in Maths can be used in many other subjects. Mechanics 1 and 2 are a very useful support in Physics.
Course Structure & Teaching Methods
In addition to topics being explained and examples worked through on the board, you will be expected to participate fully in class by contributing ideas, working in small groups on worksheets or working through questions. There will be a variety of learning styles including use of graphic calculators and computer software. You will be expected to do a significant amount of work outside class including being set regular homework. Maths workshops are available for students to use on a drop-in basis to sort out any problems you have.
AS level Mathematics comprises of 3 modules (C1, C2 and M1), which will be examined at the end of your first year.
A level Mathematics comprises of 6 modules: these include the 3 AS modules taken at the end of the first year, with two further Pure Modules C3 and C4 and an Applied Module (either M2 or S1)in the second year. All modules contain an exam. A second year module contains a piece of assessed coursework.
Information & Support
Students are required to pay for textbooks and resources, which include revision material and past papers. The total cost for the AS course is about £40.
At the end of the first year students take AS level Maths and on successful completion can then decide to continue on to A2 Maths to gain the full A level.