Board:  AQA

Course Aims

  • To provide a stimulating, motivating course in Mathematics
  • To develop an understanding of Mathematics and Mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment.
  • To promote an awareness of the relevance of Mathematics in other fields of study and in society today.
  • To develop skills in logical reasoning and problem solving through both individual and group study.

Course Details

AS Mathematics comprises 3 AS Modules.

The two Pure Maths Modules Pure Core 1 and Pure Core 2 are compulsory, leaving a choice for the third Application Module.

Pure Mathematics:  (Compulsory). This extends your knowledge from GCSE in familiar areas such as algebra, geometry and trigonometry and introduces new topics such as calculus, functions, series and logarithms

Statistics:  This again extends your knowledge from GCSE including correlation, regression and probability, but it also introduces two of the most important distributions in Statistics; the Binomial Distribution and the Normal Distribution.

Mechanics:  This is an area of Mathematics which is not studied lower down the school, but which supplements the study of Physics, looking at areas such as forces acting on bodies and the motion of particles.

Decision Maths:  This is a course totally different from any area of Maths you have studied before. It focuses on decision making processes that occur in business and commerce. You will use methods such as Linear Programming and Critical Path Analysis to solve Packaging problems and Shortest Route problems.

In any one year the Maths Department is able to offer any two of the above Application Modules, depending on the preference of the students.

A2 Mathematics follows a similar format to the AS, comprising of 3 Modules.

The two Pure Maths Modules Pure Core 3 and Pure Core 4 are again compulsory, leaving a choice for the third Application Module.

The Student may choose to continue studying the same Application at A2 level or she may choose a different Application at AS level. It is therefore possible to achieve an A Level in Mathematics by completing 4 AS Modules and 2 A2 Modules.

All modules are assessed by examination only (there is no coursework) at either the end of year 12 or year 13. All questions are compulsory and candidates are allowed to use a graphical calculator in all examinations except Core 1, which is a non-calculator paper.

Entry Requirements

  • Students require the minimum of an A in GCSE Mathematics to study Mathematics at AS or A level.
  • An enjoyment of Mathematics is essential.

Teaching Approaches

Teaching will take place in small groups and students will be expected to practise techniques and study independently throughout the course. In certain options, there may be shared teaching, eg one teacher will take you for the Pure Maths and another for your chosen Application.

Careers and Support Subjects

Why choose Mathematics? Mathematics combines well with both Sciences and Humanities. In addition to the obvious links with engineering, architecture medicine and other science based subjects, it also has an essential role in courses such as Economics and other Business related degrees. Over recent years there has been a steady increase in university courses containing some elements of Maths and Statistics for analysing data.

Additional Information

In certain modules a graphical calculator will be required. These can be purchased or hired from school.

At AS and A2, Mathematics is a challenging, enjoyable subject that allows the student to develop logical thought processes as well as giving training in organisational and analytical techniques. There are very few areas of life where Mathematics cannot be of value.

Progression to A2 is contingent on achieving grade C or above at AS level and behaviour, attendance and punctuality records will also be taken into consideration.