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Mathematics AS Level
Qualification:
 
Date:
September 
Days:
TBA 
Study Mode
Full Time 
Assessment:
Exams 
Level:
Area:
A-Levels 
Course Code:
HDSMT1 
 
Entry Requirements
5 GCSEs at grade A* - C. Must include GCSE Mathematics minimum grade B and English Language minimum C. Attendance at an A Level information event.
 
 

Mathematics AS Level

Mathematics (from the Greek µ???µa (máthema) — meaning knowledge, study, learning) is the study of quantity, structure, space, and change. The mathematician Benjamin Peirce called mathematics "the science that draws necessary conclusions" and that is exactly what you’ll do in an A Level Mathematics course.


Key Units

In your first year you will take two core modules which build a strong platform of core skills including:

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Curve sketching 

This can then be applied to a variety of challenging problems as well as modelling real life situations. You also study one applied module of either Mechanics (the mathematics of physics), Statistics (linking data to likely outcomes) or Decision mathematics (optimizing networks, simulation problems). Together, these three modules form AS Mathematics.

In your second year, you complete a further two core modules which build upon the foundations laid in the first year and one more applied module. These six modules in total are combined to form A2 Mathematics.



Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A* - C. Must include GCSE Mathematics minimum grade B and English Language minimum C. Attendance at an A Level information event.


Assessment

There are 3 examinations at the end of each year.

There is also a coursework requirement in the first term of the second year of the course in which students find the solutions of equations using numerical methods.


Where does this Lead

Many students go on to university to take subjects with mathematical content, such as; Mathematical Studies, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or Medicine.

Mathematicians are highly sought after in many fields including financial services, engineering, medicine, insurance, aerospace, construction, education and consultancies


Tell Me More

Will this subject suit me?
You need to have a keen interest in the subject and a good background in algebra. You will enjoy dealing with abstract concepts and the challenge of tackling concepts and difficult questions which require all the knowledge you’ve amassed.  

Personal study time:
A Level students are expected to devote as many hours outside of college to their studies as they are given in lessons. Homework will be set regularly, but students are also expected to undertake self-directed study, this is necessary to ensure the underpinning of knowledge is learnt and understood; ensuring further concepts are more easily grasped.