Mathematics AS/A Level

Mathematics AS/A Level

On this course you will study Pure Maths, Statistics and Mechanics. The AS content is the same as the first year A-level content however it will be assessed more rigorously in the A-level exams. The Pure Maths extends the GCSE work on algebra, co-ordinate geometry, vectors and trigonometry and also introduces exponential and logarithmic functions and calculus. Mechanics and Statistics both involve the modelling of real world situations; Mechanics relating to the physical world and Statistics to the presentation and handling of data. While many of our students progress to a university course with a mathematical component, all Maths students develop key transferable skills such as problem solving and logical thinking. Students will be encouraged to take part in extra-curricular Maths challenges each year, from which high achieving students can progress to the British Mathematical Olympiad.

Additional
Grade 6 in GCSE Maths - however, there is strong evidence that students are more likely to be successful with a grade 7 or above.
Assessment
Both AS and A level Maths are assessed by external written examinations at the end of the course.
Progression
Maths is a subject with many applications as well as providing a basis for further study in its own right. It will be a requirement for a variety of university courses, ranging from sciences and engineering to economics and aspects of computing. It will also be an advantage for many other university courses which have components of Maths or Statistics within them, for example Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Architecture and Design Technology. Research shows that those workers with qualifications in Maths earn more than those without. With increasing use of data analysis in many fields of work the opportunities for mathematically competent and confident employees will grow.