Awarding Body : Edexcel
Overview of Course
In these courses you will build on the knowledge, skills and understanding learnt in the GCSE Maths course. Both the AS course and the A2 course consist of two compulsory Core Maths units and one more Applied Maths unit. At the WMG Academy we have opted to focus on the Mechanics units to support the Engineering courses.
Course Entry Requirements
Learners must have achieved a minimum of grade A at GCSE Mathematics.
Content AS Level (A1 units)
The AS Maths course at the WMG Academy consists of 3 units:
- Core 1 (C1) – Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration.
- Core 2 (C2) – Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration.
- Mechanics 1 (M1) – Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line.
Interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them – approx. 10%
Use appropriate technology and other resources – approx. 5%
Students will also be assessed on their ability to:
The A2 course at WMG consists of the AS units plus 3 more:
- Core 3 (C3) – Algebra and functions; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; numerical methods.
- Core 4 (C4) – Algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane; sequences and series; differentiation; integration; vectors.
- Mechanics 2 (M2) – Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane; centres of mass; work and energy; collisions; statics of rigid bodies.
Assessment is in the form of externally assessed written examinations, which are taken in June.
Three written papers: each contributes 33.3% of the final AS grade (16.7% of the A2)
- Each paper lasts 1 hour 30 minutes
- 75 marks on each paper
- C1 is a non-calculator paper: for all other unit exams, calculators can be used.
The assessment objectives and weightings are:
- Recall and use knowledge of the prescribed content – approx. 30%
- Construct rigorous mathematical arguments and proofs – approx. 25%
- Select and apply mathematical models in a rang of contexts – approx. 10%
GCE Maths encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, further learning opportunities and career choices.
- It supports progression into further and higher education, training or employment, in a wide variety of disciplines, particularly science, technology and engineering.
- write legibly, with accurate use of spelling, grammar and punctuation in order to make the meaning clear
- select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to purpose and to complex subject matter
organise relevant information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate.