Maths A Level

Due to ongoing reforms, the final opportunity to sit exams for this specification is Summer 2018. Our new course for 2019 exams onwards will be available from Autumn 2017.

Due to the short amount of time left until the Summer 2018 exam session, we advise students to reconsider moving their exam intention to Summer 2019 and enrolling on our new course. If you do decide to go ahead with 2018 exams, the deadline for enrolling is 30th November and we strongly recommend adding our Fast Track service to your enrolment. After this final date you would need to enrol on our new course.

An A level in maths demonstrates a level of intelligence and sharpness of mind that will be attractive to employers and universities regardless of the specific role or course you want to get into. Our home study course introduces you to all the advanced concepts you need to be familiar with to gain this qualification, such as coordinate geometry, curve sketching and calculus. Whatever your background or your plans, an A level in maths will sharpen your thinking and boost your credentials, and is essential for anyone wishing to study maths or a maths-related subject at degree level. Full details of the course can be found below.

Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.



Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course, but we advise that you have studied maths at GCSE or equivalent level.


This course follows specifications 8371 (AS), 8373 (AS/Pure) and 9371 (A2) from the awarding organisation Edexcel. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from Edexcel's website.

Hours of study

Guidance suggests the A level Mathematics course takes about 250-300 hours, plus additional time for developing your skills, such as for assignment work you submit to your tutor and summary exercises. We have tried to reflect some of this additional time in the guidance we give for each of the individual modules, you can find that information in the introduction to the module. You will have tutor support for a period up until the final exam opportunity in Summer 2018.

Exams and assessment

Six exams:

  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 16.7% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 16.7% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 16.7% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 16.7% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 16.7% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 16.7% of marks

Non-exam assessment (NEA):

  • None

At the time of writing, please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this syllabus is Summer 2018. Although this course is written to the syllabus for 2018 final exams, the 2019 syllabus is very similar to 2018, and so there will be an update free of charge when it is released after September. You will waste no effort by starting with this course now.

NEC's tutor-marked assignments:

  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 7 AS assigments
  • 7 A2 assignments


Additional information

The course consists of a number of units that build toward the AS and the full A level award.

To gain the full A level you need to complete six units (three for AS and three for A2) including all four of the Core Maths units, which are compulsory.

You will need to select which units you wish to study at the point of enrolment.

AS compulsory units: Core Maths 1 and Core Maths 2. Then choose from: Core Maths 3, Decision Maths 1, Mechanics 1 and Statistics 1.

A2 compulsory units: Core Maths 3 (if not already taken for AS) and Core Maths 4. Then choose one or two more units (to make up the three needed for the A2).

You must complete units from the same topic in order, i.e. Statistics 1 before Statistics 2, Mechanics 1 before Mechanics 2.


Core Maths 1, Core Maths 2, Mechanics 1; or
Core Maths 1, Core Maths 2, Core Maths 3; or
Core Maths 1, Core Maths 2, Statistics 1.

Core Maths 3, Core Maths 4, Mechanics 2; or
Core Maths 4, Statistics 1, Statistics 2; or
Core Maths 3, Core Maths 4, Decision Maths 1.

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How to enrol

How to enrol
There are several ways to enrol with NEC:

  • Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above
  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

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It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.

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Unit C1: Core Maths 1

  • Algebra
  • Curve sketching
  • Inequalities and equations
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Sequences and series
  • Indices
  • Calculus

Unit C2: Core Maths 2

  • Algebra
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Sequences
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration

Unit C3: Core Maths 3

  • Algebra
  • Functions
  • The modulus function and further transformation of graphs
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Numerical methods

Unit C4: Core Maths 4

  • Partial fractions and the binomial expansion
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • First-order differential equations
  • Parameters
  • Vectors

Unit D1: Decision Maths

  • Algorithms
  • Graphs
  • Using weighted graphs in practical problem solving
  • The route inspection problem
  • Critical path analysis
  • Linear programming
  • Matchings

Unit S1: Statistics 1

  • Mathematical models in statistics
  • Representing data I: frequency distribution
  • Representing data II: measures of location
  • Representing data III: measures of dispersion
  • Probability
  • Correlation and regression
  • Discrete random variables
  • The normal distribution

Unit S2: Statistics 2

  • The binomial and Poisson distributions
  • Continuous random variables
  • Continuous distributions
  • Hypothesis tests

Unit M1: Mechanics 1

  • Mathematical models in mechanics
  • Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line
  • Dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line
  • Statics of a particle and motion on an inclined plane
  • Moments
  • Vectors in mechanics

Unit M2: Mechanics 2

  • Kinematics of a particle
  • Centres of mass
  • Work and energy
  • Collisions
  • Statics of rigid bodies
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