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Qualification type


Course code



Level 3


2 years


Oxford City Centre,
Oxpens Rd,
Oxford, OX1 1SA

Start date

Sep 2021

New and returning learners:

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Develop an understanding of advanced mathematics and its powerful applications.

Why study mathematics? On this course you will develop an understanding of advanced mathematics and appreciate some of its powerful applications. Pure core mathematics will build ideas in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus to provide the conceptual foundations for applications in statistics and mechanics and beyond.

You can progress to higher education to study at degree level. An A Level in Mathematics will help you access university to study for a BSc in Mathematics or a range of scientific or analytical subjects. 

This course can be studied as part of the business or science A Level pathways at City of Oxford College. 

What I'll learn

The course includes four units of pure maths and then your study will include the following: 

  • Unit 1: core 1 algebra and functions - coordinate geometry in the (xy) plane sequences and series, differentiation integration
  • Unit 2: core 2 algebra and functions - coordinate geometry in the (xy) plane sequences and series, trigonometry exponentials and logarithms, differentiation integration
  • Unit 3: statistics 1 or mechanics 1. mathematical models in either probability and statistics or in mechanics. The course is modular and students will study two modules consisting of pure mathematics, and either mechanics or statistics, per year
  • Unit 4: core 3 algebra and functions, trigonometry exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, numerical methods
  • Unit 5: core 4 algebra and functions - coordinate geometry in the (xy) plane sequences and series differentiation integration vectors
  • Unit 6: statistics 1, statistics 2, mechanics 1 or mechanics 2


How I'll learn

You will develop an understanding of advanced mathematical techniques and of coherence, connectedness and progression in mathematics. Importantly, you will practice using these techniques in difficult, unstructured problems.

You will practice the learning skills necessary for successful further academic study or employment, including persistence, effort, listening to and working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time.

By the end of the course you will have benefited from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.


How I'll be assessed

Formal assessment is through public examinations in June of year 2 (three 120 minute papers).

Your progress will be assessed informally throughout, including through assessment tests, broadly twice each term. Your suitability to continue your studies into Year 2 will be assessed by internal examinations in May/ June of Year 1.


Entry Requirements

Minimum of six GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English Language and Maths, but excluding PE, Dance, Catering or other subjects with a large practical component.

For this subject you will also need a minimum grade 6 (or equivalent) in GCSE Maths.

You will need (for year 1): An advanced scientific calculator; we recommend the Casio fx-991EX as a minimum (around £30), or alternatively, the Casio graphical calculators fx-9750, fx-9860 or fx-CG20 (around £60, £80 and £110 respectively).

Optionally, a hard copy of the textbook “AQA A-Level Mathematics Year 1 (AS)” by Goldie et al, published by Hodder (paperback ISBN 9781471852862 £27.99). Access to an electronic version of this textbook is expected to be provided, which you can access in class by smartphone or tablet if you have one. 


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.