Mathematics AS & A Level
You will continue to study some topics familiar to you from GCSE, such as algebra and trigonometry, and you will also be introduced to new ones like calculus. Your study of maths will be divided up into two areas, Pure Maths and Applied Maths. There is no coursework, but a mathematical comprehension forms part of the assessment at A Level.
Mathematical processes consisting of mathematical argument and language, problem solving and mathematical modelling are embedded throughout the AS and A Level courses.
A minimum of 4 subjects at grade 5 or above at GCSE plus English Language at grade 4 or above. You must also have a grade 6 in Maths.
What will I study?
AS Level Maths
There are two components of the course, containing
70% Pure Maths and 30% Applied Maths (Mechanics
Topics include proof, algebra, graphs, binomial expansions, trigonometry, logarithms, calculus and vectors.
Topics in Mechanics include kinematics in one dimension, working with forces and Newton’s Laws.
Topics in Statistics include working with data from a sample to make inferences about a population, probability calculations, using binomial distribution as a model and statistical hypothesis testing.
A Level Maths
There are three components of the course:
Pure Mathematics with Mechanics
Topics in Mechanics include kinematics, motion under gravity, working with forces, Newton’s Laws and
Pure Mathematics with Statistics
Topics in Statistics include working with data from a sample to make inferences about a population, probability calculations, using binomial and normal distributions as models and statistical hypothesis testing.
Pure Mathematics with a Comprehension
Topics in Pure Mathematics are developed and students are given advice and practice in using their mathematical skills in unfamiliar contexts in the assessment.
University Entrance Exams
There will be informal support available for students sitting university entrance exams such as STEP, AEA, TMUA or Oxford entrance papers.
Every year we encourage our maths students to test their maths in the National Maths Challenge.
Method of delivery
You will typically be in College four days per week, with lesson style varying according to subject. In-College delivery is supported by online resources, and students develop strong independent learning skills to equip them for their next steps.
How will I be assessed?
All AS and A Level Maths qualifications are assessed by examinations which take place each year in May and June. They vary in length according to each qualification. The two components at AS Level are 1hr 30mins each and the three components at A Level are 2hrs each.
Good course combinations
These courses all combine well with most other A Levels.
Your next steps
An A Level in Maths is helpful for many careers, especially in the areas of science, financial services, banking, accountancy and actuarial work. It is also a desirable qualification for many degrees and in some cases a necessary one, such as Physics. Past students have been inspired to go on to read Maths in its own right at top universities.
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