A-level Maths

Challenging, rigorous and rewarding, an A-level Maths course will expand your critical thinking skills and turn you into an adept problem-solver

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Overview

Mathematics is one of the oldest and most respected areas of academia, it provides a logical way to express the fundamentals of the world we see; some say it's beautiful.

A-level Maths (or A-level Mathematics if you prefer) is also one of the top respected qualifications for university entry and is considered a facilitating subject. It enables you to demonstrate an ability of logical thinking and reasoning that all universities will respect.  

An ideal course for those looking to pursue the sciences, engineering or computing, our A-level Maths course can be studied online, in your own time and at your own pace.

Take your skills one step further by taking a broader look at mathematical principles with our A-level Further Maths course. These courses are required to be studied together, make a saving by bundling the two together when you enrol!

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Pure mathematics

In the opening unit, you’ll study the types of mathematical proof, algebra and functions and delve into co-ordinate geometry. You’ll also take a look at exponentials and logarithms, along with some real-life situations that can be modelled exponentially.

Unit 2 - Pure mathematics 2

In the second unit, you’ll kick off by considering binomial expansion by using Pascal’s Triangle. You’ll study trigonometry and trigonometric functions, including sine, cosine and tangent. Moving on, you’ll take a look at differentiation, which is the process used to find the rate of change of one variable with respect to another.

Unit 3 - Mechanics 1

You’ll open the third unit by examining vectors – mathematical quantities that have an associated direction. You’ll then take a look at constant acceleration motion, gaining an understanding of the formulae involved. Next, you’ll explain why motion or acceleration occurs by studying Newton’s first and second laws.

Unit 4 - Statistics 1

Unit four begins with a comprehensive look at populations and sampling, representing data, averages, dispersion, correlation and regression. You’ll move on to solving probability problems and applying them to diagrams such as two-way tables, followed by a close look at the laws of probability. You’ll then examine probability distribution, which refers to how probabilities are spread out across an event and hypothesis tests for binomial distribution.

Unit 5 - Pure mathematics 3

Following on from the topic of mathematical proof in unit one, this unit begins by looking at further proof. You’ll move on to mappings and functions, becoming familiar with the differences between them along with their domains and ranges and also take a look at graph translations. Next, you’ll cover partial fractions and discover how to inverse trigonometric functions of sin, cos and tan, as well as examine addition and double-angle formulas. Lastly, you’ll study series and sequences, including arithmetic and geometric sequences.

Unit 6 - Pure mathematics 4

To kick off unit six, you’ll discover how to find points of inflection on a graph and by differentiating a function. You’ll further explore the rules of differentiation and integration and study parametric equations, in which x and y are combined with another variable. You’ll also study vectors in three dimensions.

Unit 7 - Mechanics 2

In unit seven, you’ll use trigonometry and Pythagoras when considering components of velocity, develop your knowledge of acceleration equations and use differentiation and integration appropriately in mechanics questions. Moving on, you’ll explore forces and equilibrium, Newton’s laws of motion and consider moments in equilibrium.

Unit 8 - Statistics 2

To begin the final unit, you’ll discover how to calculate the equation of a line of regression, understand rank correlation and carry out hypothesis testing. Then, you’ll move on to probability, taking a close look at Venn and Tree Diagrams and learning to calculate the probabilities of events that are conditional.

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AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSE courses, IGCSE courses and A-level courses.

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This course carries UCAS points. This means that it can be used to gain direct access to University courses and other Higher Education, through the UCAS system.

Course Outcome

Upon successfully passing your exams, you will receive an A-level in Maths, issued by AQA. You'll also receive 56 UCAS points that will assist in a University course application.

How is this course assessed or examined?

You can enrol now for A-level Maths examinations from Summer 2023.

You'll be required to complete three standard written exams:

  • Paper 1: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-level, 100 marks
  • Paper 2: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-level, 100 marks
  • Paper 3: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-level, 100 marks

These exams contain a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems.

During your A-level Maths course, you'll be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute to your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to monitor your progress and will be used to produce predicted grades if needed.

Entry requirements

It is strongly recommended that you have studied mathematics to GCSE or equivalent level before starting this A-Levels Maths course.

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Exam Results: I need to resit my exams, can I enrol with Oxbridge?

At Oxbridge, we take enrolments all year round. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll be able to get started right away. Studying online means your work and revision fit around you and your lifestyle. For example, if you have a part-time job or need to study alongside other subjects, you’ll be able to find time to fit our online courses into your schedule.

Enjoy flexible, convenient, affordable learning, fully supported by expert tutors who are passionate about their subjects. We pride ourselves on the quality of our course tutors and know that they hold the key to success. Whatever your goals, dreams or aspirations, Oxbridge is here to help you facilitate them.

Exam Results: When will I receive my certificate?

Oxbridge students who sat their exams through our partnership exam centres will usually receive their certificates in November. Certificates will be sent out by recorded delivery.

Wondering what to do next? There are so many options available, it’s important to get the right advice. Whether your choice is to continue onto further education, go into job training or get an apprenticeship and whether your grades are high or low – there are always options! Speak to an adviser today to see how we can support you on your next steps…

Exam Results: I didn't pass English or Maths, what do I do next?

First of all, don’t worry – everything will be okay. Unfortunately, if you didn’t get a grade 4 or higher (equivalent to a C or above) in your English and Maths, you will have to re-take it in order to pass. Oxbridge is ready and available to support you with this. Get in touch via live chat, phone or email.

Exam Results: I have individual unit marks, but no overall grade. What should I do?

Check for a cash-in code on your statement of entry. If there isn’t one, cash-in may not have been applied for. Cash-in can be applied for retrospectively from your exam centre and once entered you can expect an overall grade in one week.

Exam Results: I haven't done as well as I expected in my exams. Is there anything I can do?

Yes! There are a number of post-result services available. Your entering centre will be able to provide you with further information and will process any requests for you. If you’re not sure where to turn, our friendly learning advisers are on hand and ready to help you.

Can I study this AQA A-level course if I do not live in England?

Yes! All of our learning is online, however, you will need to sit your exams in England. Find out more about exams.

What can I do with my A-levels?

A-levels are a universal way to demonstrate academic competency in a multitude of disciplines. A-levels are subject-based qualifications that lead to either university, further study, training, or work. A-levels serve as a standardised way to demonstrate your academic ability and are very common entry requirements to most higher-level courses.

Why study an online A-level course from home?

A-levels can be studied from home with Oxbridge, using our online platform. On average we find that students receive 20% higher grades and pass around 30% more quickly than in a traditional college.

How many UCAS points is an A-level course?

A-levels are the most common way to access university in the UK. The system in which this is done is called UCAS. This stands for: “the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service”. See the A-level UCAS tariff points breakdown below:

  • A* – 56
  • A – 48
  • B – 40
  • C – 32
  • D – 24
  • E – 16
What A-Level courses should I take?

If you’re planning on going on to a degree, your chosen university will usually publish their entry requirements for each course on their website. See how these subjects feel and decide if you would enjoy them as they will form much of the base knowledge for your degree.

If you’re not entirely sure what to study, there are some standard subjects that many students choose to help them secure a place at a prestigious university, such as one of the Russell Group universities. These courses are known as the ‘facilitating courses’ and include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Literature, Geography, History, Maths, Further Maths, Modern Languages and Classical Languages.

Generally speaking, taking two facilitating subjects will allow you to keep your progression options open. For further help and guidance, we have written a detailed guide on How to Choose A-Levels.

How long does it take to study an A-level?

It’s possible to study an A-level course both full-time and part-time. Normally students would study for two years, but with Oxbridge, you can also fast-track your course to complete it in one year.

What are A-Levels?

A-levels (also known as Advanced level qualifications) entail in-depth study of a chosen subject in order to open doors to further study including University, training, and work.

A-levels courses tend to focus on specific academic subjects such as Mathematics, English and the Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course material and the exams you take will be the same everywhere.

Why Study AQA A-level Maths Online?

Studying this AQA A-level Mathematics course online allows you to study in your own time, at your own pace.  You’ll have unlimited tutor support, a clear induction and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for the exam.

What Will You Learn On This A-level Maths Course?

In this A-level Mathematics course, you’ll learn to manipulate precise data, use quantitative reasoning to construct logical arguments, as well as gain an in-depth understanding of forces and Newton’s laws.

Hugely beneficial for any number of careers such as accounting, engineering, medicine and computer science, this online A-level Maths course will give you the numerical skills you need to succeed.

How much do exams cost?

Exam fees vary depending on where you sit them. Planning on studying A-levels or GCSEs with us? Learn more about our exam process for these course categories.

Students can contact our partnership centre to find out more – you can find their details on MyOxbridge under NEAS and Exams.

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