Students who follow the AS course study a pure maths unit and an applied maths unit. The pure maths covers a range of topics including; Proof, Algebra and functions, Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane, Sequences and series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation, Integration and vectors. While the applied unit is a mix of statistics covering topics such as; Statistical sampling, Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical distributions, Statistical hypothesis testing and mechanics covering topics such as; Quantities and units in mechanics, Kinematics and Forces and Newton’s laws.
Students who follow the A level course learn all of the above with an extra topic in pure maths of Numerical methods and an extra topic in mechanics of moments.
The As course consists of 2 exams, pure maths and applied maths while the A level students will take 3 exams, 2 pure maths exams and one applied.