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. One of our most popular A-levels, this course covers a range of topics, from trigonometry to statistics, forces to algebra, with tutor assignments to help you reach your goals.
We know exams and assessments can feel overwhelming. Your personal tutor will be on hand to help you prepare and put you in the best possible position to achieve the grade you want. Everyone is different, so we're here to support you in the way that best suits your learning style.
An ideal course for those looking to pursue careers in the sciences, engineering or computing, our A-level Maths course can be studied online, in your own time and at your own pace. With a pass rate of 97%, we are experts in providing distance learning courses to help you progress into the career you want.
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.
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.
Upon successfully passing your exams, you will receive an A-level in Maths, issued by the AQA exam board. You'll also receive 56 UCAS points that will assist in a University course application.
This syllabus (7357) has been chosen specifically because it is best suited to distance learning.
How is this course assessed or examined?
You can enrol now for A-level Maths examinations for Summer 2024.
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.
There are no specific requirements to study this course. However, it is strongly recommended that you have studied GCSE Maths or an equivalent level beforehand. Learn about combining the two with our GCSE Maths and A-level course bundle here or get in touch with one of our friendly learning advisers if you have any questions.
Who is this course for?
This course is ideal for adult learners who may be looking to get back into studying for a particular career, or those looking to enhance their problem-solving skills. Studying online means you will be able to fit learning around your other commitments or during the evening.
Distance learning also enables you to learn at your own pace, from the comfort of your home, or wherever you feel most productive. All you need is an Internet connection.
How long will it take to complete?
The course is 300 study hours. Fast track options are available. You’ll also have a personal tutor to help you stay on track.
When you enrol on the course, you will gain access to My Oxbridge, our online learning platform, where you can access your materials and other helpful resources, including study guides and revision exercises.
Successful completion of A-level Maths opens opportunities into a variety of careers in science, education, and health, amongst others. Read about some of the career paths you could take with a Maths A-Level here and check out some of our recommended reads to get a head start.
AS or A2? And what is the difference?
AS Levels are the pre-requisite to an A2 Level, though both are qualifications in their own right. If you studied AS Level Maths at school, you may want to consider going straight into A2 Level.
An AS Level is worth up to 20 UCAS Points, with the top A2 grade being worth 56 UCAS Points. It is recommended that you take AS Level first as A2 Level builds on many of the topics covered in AS in greater detail.