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Pearson Edexcel

AS level Maths

Deepen your knowledge, enhance your analytical thinking skills and move to the top of the candidate pool with our AS level Maths online course.

Maths AS level is a versatile qualification, well-respected by employers and higher education institutions alike. Mathematical skills and qualifications are highly sought after and therefore generally well-paid – across a diverse range of rewarding and engaging careers.

Written by mathematicians, lecturers and examiners, our high-quality, distance learning materials will enable you to develop excellent numeracy skills and gain a sound ability to interpret and process data sets.

You’ll also learn to be resilient and to think creatively and strategically, as you develop strong mathematical knowledge that enables you to write structured solutions, prove and justify your results to formulate reasoned arguments.  

Through our AS level Maths online course you can extend and deepen the understanding and methods you gained at GCSE level. Through pure maths topics – including algebra and trigonometry, to statistical topics such as probability and hypothesis testing, you’ll enjoy the challenges this course offers, as well as becoming a highly-employable individual.

Why study Maths?

Maths is a unique subject as it has the potential to be applied to a diverse number of future career paths – from quantity surveyor to teacher – and can be partnered with a wide variety of subjects, from other STEM subjects, to Philosophy or Modern Foreign Languages. Our AS level Maths online course is ideal if you:

  • Want to be at the forefront of technological advancement. Maths is continually developing new mathematical theories which, in turn enable scientific discoveries and inventions.
  • Want to get a headstart and pursue a career where maths is a requirement.
  • Would like to develop competence in a range of proficiencies including problem-solving, analytical, research and logic skills.
  • Want to set up your own business and need to get more of a grasp on how business finances work such as calculating costs and profits.
  • Have an interest in mathematics and want to learn more about it.

Future opportunities

  • Studying mathematics or other relevant subjects at degree level.
  • A range of careers in fields such as architecture, accountancy, data analysis, financial management, financial trading, insurance, meteorology, nursing, operational research, quantity surveying, statistics, software development and education.
  • Government research suggests that individuals who have the best maths skills and achieve academic qualifications in this subject, generally go on to earn a higher wage.

Course content

Section 1: Pure mathematics 1

  • Algebra 1
  • Indices and surds
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Quadratics
  • Graphs
  • Trigonometry 1

Section 2: Pure mathematics 2

  • Algebra 2
  • Circles
  • The binomial expansion
  • Differentiation 1
  • Exponentials and logarithms 1

Section 3: Pure mathematics 3

  • Trigonometry 2
  • Differentiation 2
  • Exponentials and logarithms 2
  • Integration
  • Vectors

Section 4: Statistics 1

  • Mathematical models in statistics
  • Measures of location and spread
  • Representing data
  • Probability
  • Hypothesis testing

Section 5: Mechanics 1

  • Mathematical models in mechanics
  • Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line
  • Forces
  • Vectors in mechanics
  • Variable acceleration

Your learning experience

Study AS level Mathematics with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • Support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Our exam booking service
  • Assignments with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from Student Support
  • Forums to discuss your course with other students

learn@nec

Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.

This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.

Your tutor

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.

Meet Allie who is just one of our first-class maths tutors

“I have taught maths for many years in a college of further education and more recently by distance learning. As a teacher the greatest reward for me is helping a student develop confidence and the same enjoyment in subject as me. My approach to teaching has always been to treat each student as an individual with unique needs, and I always try to give whatever support they require. I have a BSc in Maths from the Open University (so I know firsthand the pros and cons of distance learning) and a PGCE.”

What you need to know

Exam board

  • Edexcel 9MA0

Format

  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor

Hours

  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 150-180* hours plus time to develop your skills and for completing assignments

*The specification suggests that 150 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading.  Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 150 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 4 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content.

Assignments

  • 6 assignments (one introductory) – these do not contribute towards your final grade

Resources

  • No additional set texts required

Requirements

  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

What's included?

Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • Access to learn@nec
  • All the course materials you need to complete the course
  • Support from a personal tutor for up to 24 months from your date of enrolment
  • Assignment marking
  • Marking for one past paper
  • Guaranteed exam place
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner to help you plan your study timetable
  • Information on how to apply for exams
  • Academic references if needed

Your course fee does not cover:

  • Exam entry fees

Optional extras:

  • Additional past paper marking
  • Revision tutorial
  • Optional tutorial
  • Additional review

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Exams and assessment

Two exams:

  • 2 hours, 62.5% of marks (calculator)
  • 1 hour 15 minutes, 37.5% of marks (calculator)

Non-exam assessment (NEA):

  • None

Additional support if you’re under 18

We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies.  In our experience, learning online works best when the parents are involved, so when you enrol your child with NEC, you’ll have a unique set of services to help you to support your child.

This includes:

  • Your own log in to learn@nec to access the course so you can view the course materials and other information for yourself.
  • Access to your child’s gradebook to help you to monitor progress and provide appropriate and timely intervention and support
  • You’ll receive emails and forum posts so that you have all the examination and assessment updates/information provided by the NEC team
  • Dedicated Progress Portal Pages and targeted blogs with updates/information/help and advice on many aspects of home education.
  • Access to the Kudos career platform for young learners to explore career choices.

Read more about how we work with young students who are studying at home or through a school.

Want to study A level Maths in a year?

A structured Fast Track A level course is particularly useful if you’re studying with a specific purpose in mind, like applying to university, and need your grades quickly, applying for a new job, or seeking promotion. Perhaps you’re retaking an A level and still want to apply to your chosen university?

NEC are offering structured Fast Track A levels in the following subjects:

The flexible nature of distance learning and home study courses means that it’s possible to do this, as long as you’re able to schedule in enough study time. What’s different about our structured Fast Track A level Maths course is that it has been specifically designed to follow a carefully considered 27 week study programme, providing you with the extra support you need to gain the all important grades you require.

Enrol before 15th September to secure your place.