Mathematics - A2

L3 Level 3
Part Time
6 September 2021 — 17 June 2022
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

A2 Mathematics (2017 Spec) follows on from WJEC AS Mathematics (2017 Spec) course. It is the second year in a two-year course, due to specification changes and timetable constraints it will not be possible to study AS and A2 maths simultaneously, for the first time from September 2018.

What you will study

During this course the following areas will be covered:

Module M1 (Mechanics 1) Exam 1.5hrs

M1 introduces the concept of mathematical modelling of real life situations to solve problems and this theme runs through all topics. The topics explored in M1 are the kinematics (movement) of a particle moving in a straight line horizontally and vertically. The dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line, utilising Newton’s Laws to solve problems involving forces acting on particles whether they are moving or whether they are static (in equilibrium). Moments and the idea of turning forces are introduced including the concept of a centre of mass. The final topic is vectors and how we use them to solve problems.

Module C3 (Core Mathematics 3) Exam 1.5hrs

This module covers topics already met in C1 and C2 and develops them further. New applications of trigonometry are introduced including trigonometric identities. Differentiation is also a major focus of this unit examining several different differentiation methods. Numerical methods are formally introduced and extended for the first time since GCSE Maths. The final topic area of C3 is functions.

Module C4 (Core Mathematics 4) Exam 1.5hrs

C4 extends some topics from previous modules; the binomial expansion is revisited, as is coordinate geometry. A major part of C4 focuses on the many different integration methods as well as introducing one or two new differentiation methods. Finally vectors and their applications are introduced.

There are three written 1.5 hour exams.

NOTE: The WJEC specification for A-level maths is changing this year. If you do not complete the A2 (Legacy) course in 2017-2018 you may not be able to do so at CAVC in 2018-2019 

Course Textbooks (optional) 

WJEC A2 Mathematics Core 3 & 4: Study and Revision Guide  

ISBN: 978-1908682031

WJEC AS Mathematics M1 Mechanics: Study and Revision Guide

ISBN: 978-1908682161

Course fee per year

Course Fee: £460.00

Exam Fee: £60.00

Entry requirements

Successful completion of AS programme including satisfactory attendance and tutor recommendation.

Course times

17:45 - 20:45 Tuesday

Teaching and assessment

  • Three written exams

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Key information

Start date

6 September 2021

End date

17 June 2022

Time of day

Night Time

Part Time

3 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



WJEC Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics


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