About AS Maths (Year 1 A Level Maths) Revision Course

In this section you will find everything you need to know about the May Half Term Revision AS Maths (Year 1 A Level Maths) revision and consolidation course which will be running during May Half Term 2021.

Is an Online Revision Course Really Effective?

Before I give an overview of the course, I understand that you may have reservations about the effectiveness of a fully online revision course, so the purpose of what I am about to write is to provide you with all of the facts so that you can make an informed decision as to whether it is the right choice for you.

Q1: How is it possible for students to interact with a teacher on an online revision course?

The online revision courses use the Zoom conferencing software package which is very simple to use; you click a link then you’re in! In order to ensure that the course flows smoothly, all students who attend will be, by default, muted and then when they have a question the can ask via the chat facility (either privately or publicly) and at this point they will be given the option to unmute or continue their questioning via chat. This way, students get to communicate in their own preferred way: verbally or via a chat facility, publicly or privately so that everyone will have the benefit to ask questions.

Q2: How do I know that I/my son or daughter will engage with the revision course?

Simply try it out and if you feel that at the end of day 1 that it isn’t for you, let me know via email (john@alevelmathsrevsion.com) or telephone (+44 (0)203 4 888 040) and a full refund will be arranged. The last thing I want is anyone feeling that they haven’t received good value. But I am confident that you will find it useful, productive and, dare I say, fun!

Q3: Are the sessions in the revision course recorded?

Yes. Each session is recorded and is accessible at any time, along with the resources used in each session. This is a big advantage of an online session. Online access will be granted to these at the end of each day that the course runs. Access will remain open until the end of the academic year in which the course runs.  

Q4: What is the best way for a student to approach the revision course?

To get the most out of the online course, students should find a quiet place to work with a good internet connection, clear their desk and put their phones to one side. Full focus on what we are going through on the course is required to get the most out of it, as would be the case in a classroom.

Course Overview

By the end of this revision course you will:

  1. Have gone through in detail the A Level Maths syllabus in its entirety (or the AS Level Maths syllabus for the Year 1 Consolidation Crash Course) .
  2. Know how to revise.
  3. Know what to revise.
  4. Have the materials you need to productively revise.
  5. Have a much better chance of achieving your target grade.

Advantages of an Online Revision Course

We have invested heavily in cutting edge educational technology in order to ensure that the online educational experience is as effective, if not more so, as being in the classroom. On our courses students can:

  • Ask questions (anonymously if they so wish, removing any barriers to students getting the help they need);
  • Answer questions (again, anonymously if they so wish);
  • Access recordings of the sessions after the event in order to refresh themselves on the topics covered.
We firmly believe that, rather than simply matching the classroom experience, we are enhancing it.

A Level Maths Course Overview

Our four-day intense online A Level Maths Easter Revision crash courses help students improve grades by covering the A Level Maths syllabus in its entirety. No stone is left unturned. Delivered by myself, John Armstrong, creator of ALevelMathsRevision.com and carefully selected colleagues who are expert teachers of A Level Maths, the courses equip students with the skills, knowledge and revision materials that they need to embark upon a successful revision regime. Click the image below to download a copy of the course prospectus for an overview of the course, including the curriculum covered.

Here are the most commonly asked questions about our A Level Maths and Further Maths revision courses.

  •  How does an online revision course work?
    • Over the last few years, technology has come on a long way making it possible to recreate the classroom experience in an online environment. I have much experience of teaching online, as do my colleagues, having invested heavily in technology to make the online learning experience just like being in the classroom. With Zoom, I can broadcast my screen so students can see what I am writing, giving students advice on how to tackle various topics. However, just like in the classroom, students are able to “raise their hand” by requesting to unmute themselves and then I can field any questions they have. A truly interactive experience. If a student does not want to unmute themselves to ask a question then they are welcome to type a private message to me and I will answer their question just as if they had asked me verbally.
  • What are the aims of the course? 

The three main aims of this course are to help students to:

    • Learn how and what to revise
    • Fill gaps in and consolidate mathematical knowledge
    • Achieve high grades
  • Who delivers these courses?
    • The courses will be delivered by myself, John Armstrong, the creator of ALevelMathsRevision.com. I am a qualified teacher of Maths in a sixth form college with extensive knowledge of the current linear A Level Maths and Further Maths specifications. I graduated in 2007 from the University of York with a Distinction in MSc. Mathematics with Modern Applications having previously completed an undergraduate BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science. Please visit my YouTube Channel to see examples of my teaching. When the course numbers require it, I will draw upon a few carefully selected colleagues to help deliver the courses, although I will be present and delivering content at all courses.
  • How do I know how good your courses are?
    • A very good question! These courses have been running for many years now. Just check the sliding images above for some examples of the feedback we get.
  • Why is this different to other revision courses?
    • We firmly believe that in order to get the best out of students, you need to do far more than simply “tell them how to do it”. We work on developing the mathematical thought process, adopting a radically different approach than simply “lecturing” students to success. A combination of many years experience of delivering A Level Maths in schools, exam board marking experience and a high teacher to student ratio so students can ask about any problems they encounter as they occur means our approach is very different to those of other providers.
  • How much do your courses cost?
    • Click the “Dates/Prices” section below for details on price.
  • What times do the courses run from/until?
    • Courses run from 9.00am to 4.30pm with regular breaks throughout the day. Students will receive a total of 6 hours tuition per day from myself and some carefully selected A Level Maths teaching subject experts.
  • How is the course structured?
    • The course will consist of a number of interactive sessions where the course leader will walk students through examples from every section of the syllabus, pointing out common error and misconceptions, advising students how to best target the marks. A more detailed plan of the content to be covered can be found in the “Course Curriculum” section below.

The course is split up into three days during the May half term break. The sessions last from 9:00am – 4:30pm with regular breaks to ensure maximum engagement. The course takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with Tuesday and Thursday being recommended to be used as study/consolidation days; a chance to practise the material covered on the preceding days.

The curriculum for the three days of the course is as follows:

Day 1 (Monday): Pure Maths

  • Quadratics
    • Applications of Completing the Square
    • The Discriminant
  • Exponentials and Logarithms
    • Laws of Logarithms
    • Solving Equations Involving Exponentials and Logs
    • The Gradient of the Exponential Function
    • Modelling with Logarithms
    • Reduction to Linear Form
  • Proof
  • Coordinate Geometry
    • Straight Lines
    • Circles

Day 2 (Wednesday): Pure Maths

  • Trigonometry
    • Basic Trig (Sine Rule, Cosine Rule and Area of a Triangle)
    • Solving Trig Equations
    • Trig Identities
  • Differentiation
    • From First Principles
    • Tangents, Normals and Stationary Points
    • Increasing and Decreasing Functions
  • Integration
    • Definite and Indefinite Integration
    • Areas Under Curves
  • Functions and Algebra
    • The Factor Theorem
    • Sketching Curves
    • Transformations of Functions
    • Binomial Expansion

Day 3 (Friday Morning): Statistics

Much of the Year 1 A Level Maths syllabus overlaps with GCSE maths therefore in order to concentrate time and effort on the challenging topics that students find the most difficult, the elements of the syllabus that are assumed knowledge are as follows:

  • Statistical Sampling
  • Graphical Representations of Data (Histograms, Cumulative Frequency, Stem and Leaf Diagrams, Box Plots, etc.)
  • Averages and Spread

Students will be pointed in the direction of existing resources to revise these topics. The parts of the statistics elements of the course that are not assumed knowledge from GCSE are:

  • Standard Deviation
  • Correlation, Regression and Outliers
  • Probability: Mutually Exclusive and Independent Events
  • Discrete Random Variables
  • The Binomial Distribution and Hypothesis Testing

Day 3 (Friday Afternoon): Mechanics

  • Kinematics: Equations of Constant Acceleration (SUVAT)
  • Kinematics: S-T and V-T graphs
  • Kinematics: Variable Acceleration
  • Forces and Motion
  • Connected Particles

Bonus Material: The Basics

There are a number of building blocks which are assumed knowledge for the A Level in maths so I have created a pre-recorded bonus section of the course. Before the course starts, you can brush up on the basics allowing us to spend more time on working through the more challenging material. Before the course starts, you should make sure you work through the pre-recorded section on bridging the gap between GCSE and A Level Maths and be absolutely comfortable with the basics.

This revision course has already taken place but access to the recordings and associated resources can be purchased for just £50 in the “Purchase Recordings” expandable menu section below.


AS Level (Year 1) Maths Consolidation Revision Course (May Half Term)

This course covers the A Level Mathematics syllabus in its entirety and all students will be provided with revision materials tailored to their own exam board, with plenty of practice questions and past papers.
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Dates: Monday 31st May, Wednesday 2nd June, Friday 4th June
  • Cost: £250 £195 (including early booking discount)


If you have any further questions either before or after you book, please do not hesitate to get in touch. For the quickest response, please fill out the enquiry form below.Once received, I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Alternatively, you can contact us as follows:Email: courses@ALevelMathsRevision.com Tel: +44 (0)203 4 888 040.

To purchase access to the recordings and resources of our AS Level (Year 1) May Half Term Consolidation Revision Course, please fill out the registration form below and you will then be redirected to make payment. Once payment has been received you will receive via email instructions on how to login to the area in which you can access the recordings.