The Maths & Mechanics A Level Course covers 4 of the 6 units from the Pure Mathematics course but replaces two of the Pure Mathematics units with Mechanics Paper 1 (AS) and Mechanics Paper 2 (A2). Mechanics is a practical application of Mathematics and it considers how we can use Mathematics to model real life situations and how to best to solve associated problems.

This home study course will cover the full A-Level syllabus. If students don't need to study the full A Level then AS or A2 Level courses can be purchased from the AS/A2 Level section of our website.

Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self- assessment questions. There are 24 Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs).

The Syllabus:

This home study course prepares candidates for the AQA Mathematics A Level specification 6360, for all examinations in May/June 2018. This syllabus can have different variations with exams but this course covers AS Level specification 5361 and A2 Level specification 6361.

Please Note: This modular syllabus is due for retirement after the May/June 2018 examinations and a new linear syllabus will be introduced for first exams in May/June 2019. This means you would need to have completed your studies and all exams by May/June 2018 as there would not be any further opportunities to sit exams after that exam window. A course for the new linear syllabus should be available from September 2017.

Examinations:

AS Examinations

  • Paper 1: Pure Mathematics: MPC1 (1 Hour 30 Minutes).

Subjects Included: Algebra; Coordinate Geometry; Differentiation; and Integration.

  • Paper 2: Pure Mathematics: MPC2 (1 Hour 30 Minutes).

Subjects Included: Algebra and Functions; Sequences and Series; Trigonometry; Exponentials and logarithms; Differentiation; and Integration.

  • Paper 3: Mechanics: MM1B (1 Hour 30 Minutes).

Subjects Included: Mathematical Modelling; Kinematics in One and Two Dimensions; Statics and Forces; Momentum; Newton’s Laws of Motion; Connected Particles; and Projectiles.

A2 Examinations

  • Paper 1: Pure Mathematics: MPC3 (1 Hour 30 Minutes).

Subjects Included: Algebra and Functions; Coordinate Geometry in the (x, y) plane; Sequences and Series; Trigonometry; Exponentials and Logarithms; Differentiation and Integration; and Vectors.

  • Paper 2: Pure Mathematics: MPC4 (1 Hour 30 Minutes).

Subjects Included: Vectors and Three-Dimensional Coordinate Geometry; Matrix Algebra; Solution of Linear Equations; Determinants; and Linear Independence.

  • Paper 3: Mechanics: MM2B (1 Hour 30 Minutes).

Subjects Included: Mathematical Modelling; Moments and Centres of Mass; Kinematics; Newton.s Laws of Motion; Application of Differential Equations; Uniform Circular Motion; Work and Energy; and Vertical Circular Motion.

Please Note: This modular syllabus is due for retirement after the May/June 2017 examinations and a new linear syllabus will be introduced for first exams in May/June 2018. This means you would need to have completed your studies and exams by May/June 2017 as there would not be any further opportunities to sit exams after that exam window.

Practical Skills/Coursework:

There is no coursework with this syllabus.

Prerequisites:

We will admit Candidates for A Level Courses who have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C and above. This should include Mathematics GCSE (Higher Tier).

Additional Reading:

The following books are required to work alongside your course materials:

  • Pure Core Maths 1 & 2 by Sam Boardman, Tony Clough, David Evans. (ISBN: 978-0435513306)

  • Pure Core Maths 3 & 4 by Sam Boardman, Tony Clough, David Evans. (ISBN: 978-0435513313)

  • Mathematics - Mechanics and Probability by L. Bostock and S. Chandler. – (ISBN: 978-0859501415)

Additional non-essential recommended reading is detailed in the course materials for students who would like further resources whilst completing their studies. We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no revisions.

Student Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Examination Centres & Examination Fees:

All distance learning students will sit their exams as a private candidate in a registered school or college. The finding of an examination centre and the booking of exams is the responsibility of the student. In December/January students are contacted and advised to start arranging their examinations. AQA have over 300 exam centres in the UK. Examination officers are available for registered students for advice on finding suitable centres or you can use AQA’s Private Candidate Page which details information about being a private candidate and has a search facility showing a small selection of centres set out geographically.

All AS and A2 Level exams can be sat in the same May/June exam window so it is up to the student whether they sit their exams in a single sitting or over multiple exam windows. Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs so it is worth contacting a few centres to compare prices.

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the A Level Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study A Level Courses from anywhere in the world. However some courses are easier to study from abroad than others and some restrictions to the type of tuition available apply. If you wish to study an A Level then you will need to sit the examinations in the UK. Please remember that most A Level's have several examinations which may well be spread over several weeks.

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