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Maths (AS/A Level) at New College Swindon

Course description

This course has been specifically designed to encourage more students nationally to take Maths at A Level, and to offer to those students who do an excellent chance of gaining a successful A Level pass.

You will develop your knowledge of Maths, and your skill and confidence in using it in a wide range of situations.  By the end of the course you will be able to use appropriate computer software and technology, use algebraic notation with confidence and competence, analyse real life problems and discuss mathematical ideas.

This is a one-year course leading to an AS Level or a two-year course leading to a full A Level.  If you wish to complete the full A Level Maths course in one year, please see NC134.

Course content

You are actively involved in developing mathematical ideas and, wherever possible, problems arising from everyday life.  We use modern technology such as graphic calculators and computers.

You will study six modules of work during the course (see the diagram overleaf).  Each unit is covered in specially written texts.  There are alternative tasks during each unit, both to support the weaker student and to challenge the most able.


Extension classes are provided for able students, including targeted classes for Oxbridge applicants.

Weekly support classes are held to provide extra lessons to assist with homework and exam preparation.

Entry requirements

You will need a good understanding of earlier work and a GCSE Grade B or above in Maths.  If you have a Grade C you should consider AS Use of Maths (NC136) or Core Maths (NC852)  instead.

Hard working students with modest talent succeed on this course!  Able students consistently achieve the very highest grades.


Each module has its own final exam.  You can use a graphical or scientific calculator in most modules.  Exams are 1½ hours and you can retake them, if necessary.

Future opportunities

Many Higher Education courses have Maths as a requirement of entry or state a preference for it: it is the subject most often mentioned.

The Statistics unit is good preparation for a career in Business, Medicine, Economics, Insurance, Finance, Accountancy, Market Research or Social Science.  The Mechanics unit is good preparation for Engineering, Technology, Pure or Applied Science.  The Decision unit is good preparation for IT courses or applications in the business world.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Swindon directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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