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Maths AS-level & IAS

The study of mathematics is extraordinarily important as it’s integral to a huge variety of fields and industries. Maths helps us put prices for products, predict the future by reasoning analysis, create graphics to understand the stock and currency change behaviour. Engineers use mathematics to calculate how to build skyscrapers or make airplanes flies, mathematics is there behind everything works, it is the skeleton of every science and without it the humankind would not have reached the all the technology around us we see today.

Pearson-Edexcel International AS-Level in Mathematics Qualification (XMA01)

 

The study of mathematics is extraordinarily important as it’s integral to a huge variety of fields and industries. Maths helps us put prices for products, predict the future by reasoning analysis, create graphics to understand the stock and currency change behaviour. Engineers use mathematics to calculate how to build skyscrapers or make airplanes flies, mathematics is there behind everything works, it is the skeleton of every science and without it the humankind would not have reached the all the technology around us we see today.
Successful candidates in A-level mathematics will gain lifelong skills, including a deeper understanding of mathematical principles, improving the ability to analyse problems logically.  Studying mathematics is not only intellectually rewarding in everyday life thing we do, but also essential for many higher education courses and careers. Maths is one of the biggest facilitating subjects to get easy acceptance to study university degree. Because maths is integral to so many different fields of study and work, your Maths A-level will be a hugely versatile qualification and an asset in whatever you go on to do in the future.
Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning A-level in mathematics is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to get prepared for an official exam at the end of your study in the British Council at your home of residence.
An A-Level in a mathematics can be the first step towards university degree and student must gain A-level qualification at A-level in order to get university acceptance to any of the below majors:
1- Science degree such as chemistry, physics, biology, and any other major related to those area.
2- Most of the engineer majors such as aerospace, petroleum, electrical, mechanical, nuclear and more options.
3- If you want to study Information and Communications Technology degree or computer science.
4- If you are thinking of studying a degree in a finance, economy or business studies.

To gain AS-level qualifications in AS-level, the students need to choose one of the following two options in order to obtain full International AS-level qualification in mathematics:

1-      Option 1: Pure math unit 1 and 2, and statistics 1 unit: If you decide to study math and statistics, you’ll learn common pure mathematics topics, in addition you will learn from the statistics unit how to process and interpret data to analyse various situations in science, business, population etc. in order to study the trend and predict the future accordingly and more statistics related fields

2-     Option 2: Pure math unit 1 and 2, and mechanics 1 unit:: if you decide to study math and mechanics, you’ll learn common pure mathematics topics, in addition you will learn from the mechanics unit many interesting topics as foundation to many future engineering and science study when you get to university degree such as mathematical modelling, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and more related areas.

Please notice in the above two options the pure mathematics is mandatory and not optional while the optional units are restricted only to either statistic 1 or mechanics 2.  Moreover, it should also be noted that the choice of the 2 optional units would make it to mandatory unit when you complete this AS-level course in mathematics and progress to the next year to the A2-level in mathematics as you must study the same subjects you will have chosen between the statistics 1 and mechanics 1, for example if you choose option 1 from the 2 options, i.e. if you choose to study statistic 1 with the pure math at AS-level then you must study statistic 2 with pure mathematics at A2-level, but if you choose to study mechanics 1 with pure mathematics at your AS-level then you must study mechanics 2 at your A2-level after successful completion of your AS-level.

 

Accreditation and Course Code

The course prepares you to sit for Pearson-Edexcel examination in the International AS-level in mathematics in any Pearson-Edexcel approved examination center in the UK, or if you are an overseas student then you can either sit for the formal exam of this course in any of Pearson-Edexcel approved exam centers in your country of residence or with the nearest British Council branch to you. The full name of the qualifications is:

(PEARSON-EDEXCEL International Advanced Subsidiary in Mathematics (XMA01

Entry Requirements

Academic requirement: We recommend for candidates planning to join this course to have a minimum prerequisite including Any of the below:

  • Have passed successfully your IGCSE in mathematics
  • Or have passed successfully grade 10 school level in your country. In this case, if English was not the medium of instruction of the mathematics books you studied from then you would need to study some introductory courses including the below preparation courses to bring you up to the acceptable basic technical English level with the essential mathematics skills:
    • Short preparation course in mathematics (free of charge)
    • Short course in mathematics for science (free of charge)

The two preparation courses are provided free of charge for students enroll in this course, each of the two preparation courses takes around one month or 40 hours of studying considering studying 10 hours per week in average.

English language requirement : If your first language is English, then you may skip this section. But if your first language is Not English then check the below to know the English language the requirements:

  • If you have studied and passed successfully IGCSE in English As A Second Language (ESL) then you have met with our English language requirements and you can start immediately with our AS-level courses
  • Or if you studied and passed successfully at least 3 IGCSE subjects
  • Or if you have any suitable English language qualification or test that is equivalent to IELTS band 5 or Cambridge A2-Key (KET) qualification.

If you don’t have any of the above 3 prerequisites options and you wish to enrol in our A-International A-level courses then you are required to take our free online English proficiency test (EPT) in order to assess if you can join our IGCSE courses immediately or would require to take some English language courses for preparation first. Upon finishing your EPT test you will immediate have a feedback on your English language skills and which level it is equivalent to, just follow the on-screen instructions to the end. To take the English proficiency test please click here.
If your English language skills do not qualify you to start immediately, then you can still enrol in our A-level courses, that will entitle you to join our English language preparation courses from any English level that you have presently up to the Elementary level 3B  free of charge provided you have already enrolled in 3 International A-level subjects.

Progession

The International AS-level mathematics provides progression to International A2-levels in mathematics. Alternatively, for students who are planning to study something not related to mathematics at university level, they can still benefit from achieving this qualification as it will add a great value to their university application along with other International A-levels qualifications. While if the students are planning to apply for university foundation year then the International AS-level can replace one of the 5 IGCSE subjects admission requirements with better consideration by universities since the International AS-level is higher than International GCSE. The two alternative routes can be tabulated follows:

University level applying for

Standard Qualifications Needed for Universities Admission 

Better Alternative Entry Requirements to Universities

Direct entry to university foundation year

5 IGCSE Subjects

With any International AS-level qualification replaces any of the 5 IGCSE subjects, student can boost their chances of acceptance by universities

Direct entry to the first-year university level

3 International A-level Subjects

Adding one International AS-level or more to 3 full International A-levels qualifications from different subject will increase the student’s chances to get accepted by the best British universities

Examination Centres

It is known that everywhere in the word student studies full time at a school sits her/his exams in the same school, but due to the popularity and demand for the British qualifications many examination boards such as Pearson-Edexcel and Cambridge International have allowed private candidates such as distance learners to be able to sit for their exams from their country of residence without the need to come to the UK to take those exams, this was dealt with by appointing some organizations in each country chosen by the examination boards (Pearson-Edexcel or Cambridge International) in order provide the exams location to the students. There are two options for distance learner where they can register and sit for their exams in their country of residence:

Option-1: Pearson-Edexcel Approved Exam Centres

  • For Students in the UK click here.
  • For Student Outside the UK click here.

Option-2: British Council
Pearson-Edexcel and Cambridge work in a partnership with the British Council which allows students in many countries to be able to sit for their exams in the British Council as private candidates. To find more information about the British Council click here then choose your country from the dropdown menu. Please remember to inform them that you are a “Private Candidate” and would like to register for Pearson-Edexcel or Cambridge exams and provide them with exam name and code.

What your Course Fees Doesn’t Cover

Course fees do NOT include examinations or arrangement fees which required to sit for your formal exams and are paid for either the examination centre whether it is Pearson-Edexcel Examination Approved Centre or the British Council in your country of residence.

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