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International A level Maths International A levels

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

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Maths International A 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 International A 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 International A level 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 International A 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 head start 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 1a

  • Algebraic manipulation, indices and surds
  • Quadratic functions and their graphs
  • Equations, inequalities and graphical solutions
  • Transformations of graphs
  • Coordinate geometry

Section 2: Pure mathematics 1b

  • Trigonometry 1
  • Differentiation 1
  • Integration 1

Section 3: Pure mathematics 2a

  • Proof
  • Algebra and functions 2
  • Coordinate geometry 2
  • The binomial expansion
  • Sequences and series

Section 4: Pure Mathematics 2b

  • Exponentials and logarithms 1
  • Trigonometry 2
  • Differentiation 2
  • Integration 2

Section 5: Pure Mathematics 3a

  • Simplifying algebraic fractions
  • Functions
  • Trigonometry 3

Section 6: Pure Mathematics 3b

  • Exponentials and logarithms 2
  • Differentiation 3
  • Integration 3
  • Numerical methods

Section 7: Pure Mathematics 4a

  • Proof by contradiction
  • Partial fractions
  • Coordinate geometry 3

Section 8: Pure Mathematics 4b

  • The binomial expansion 2
  • Differentiation 4
  • Integration 4
  • Differential equations
  • Vectors

Section 9: Mechanics 1a

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

Section 10: Mechanics 1b

  • Dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane
  • Equilibrium
  • Statics of a particle
  • Moments

Section 11: Statistics 1a (Topics TBC)

  • Mathematical models in probability and statistics
  • Representations and summary of data 1
  • Representations and summary of data 2
  • Probability

Section 12: Statistics 1b (Topics TBC)

  • Correlation and regression
  • Discrete random variables
  • The normal distribution

Your learning experience

Study International A 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


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.

Our course tutors

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

Meet Ailie 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 YMA01


  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor


  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 300-360* hours plus time to develop your skills and for completing assignments

*The specification suggests that 300 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 300 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 5 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 the course content.


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


  • No additional set texts required


  • An (I)GCSE or equivalent in Maths is recommended
  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

What's included?

Our course fees are clear and transparent to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • 24/7 access to learn@nec platform and resources
  • Expertly designed online course materials (including ebook versions of textbooks where specified) that you need to complete the course
  • Support from our Student Services team
  • Structured assignments carefully designed to prepare you for exams
  • Guidance from your tutor for up to 24 months from your date of enrolment
  • Extensive feedback to all assignments that will support your learning
  • NEA (coursework) marking and authentication
  • Marking for one examination paper (from a previous year)
  • Guaranteed exam place
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner template to help you plan your study timetable
  • Information on how to apply for exams

Your course fee does not cover:

  • Any fees in relation to exam entries or assessments
  • Centre Assessment Grades (CAG) in the event of exam cancellation
  • Recommended textbooks for additional reading or set texts

If you need more support, you can purchase:

  • Online tutorials – if you need help with a specific topic you can arrange a 30 minute or 1 hour tutorial
  • Additional past paper marking – to help with your exam preparation
  • Revision tutorial –  to plan your revision and explore revision techniques
  • Help with your UCAS application service

For further information on additional/optional support you can purchase, please visit our additional services page.

Exams and Assessment


Exams (six):

Unit 1, 2 and 3 (Paper 1, 2 and 3 below) are IAS Units. Units 4, 5 and 6 (Paper 4, 5 and 6 below) are IAL Units. Students must sit all six units to gain the A level qualification.

  • Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (P1)
  • Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (P2)
  • Paper 3: Pure Mathematics 3 (P3)
  • Paper 4: Pure Mathematics 4 (P4)
  • Paper 5: Mechanics 1 (M1)
  • Paper 6: Statistics 1 (S1)

There is no non-exam assessment (NEA) for this course

Additional support if you are 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 either a parent or guardian are involved. This is why NEC has developed our unique Progress Tracker to help you to support your child.

NEC’s Progress Tracker will allow you to easily track your child’s progress across their subjects and gain insight to how well they are doing through access to their assignment grades and tutor feedback.  

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

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