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Mathematics AS level at Kings Langley School

Course description

Mathematics at AS and A level is a course worth studying in its own right. It is challenging but interesting. It builds on work you will have met at GCSE, but also involves new ideas that some of the greatest minds of the millennium have produced. It serves as a very useful support for many other qualifications as well as being a sought-after qualification for the workplace and courses in Higher Education.

While studying mathematics you will be expected to:

  • Use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems .
  • Solve quite complicated problems by using mathematical arguments and logic. You will also have to understand and demonstrate what is meant by proof in mathematics.
  • Simplify real life situations so that you can use mathematics to show what is happening and what might happen in different circumstances.
  • Use the mathematics that you learn to solve problems that are given to you in a real-life context. Use calculator technology and other resources (such as formulae booklets or statistical tables) effectively and appropriately; understand its limitations and when it is inappropriate to use such technology..

Course content

Mathematics at AS is divided into 2 branches:

Pure Mathematics

When studying pure mathematics at AS and A level you will be extending your knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry as well as learning some brand new ideas such as calculus. If you enjoyed the challenge of problem solving at GCSE using such mathematical techniques then you should find the prospect of this course very appealing.

Although many of the ideas you will meet in pure mathematics are interesting in their own right they also serve as an important foundation for other branches of mathematics, especially mechanics and statistics.


When you study statistics you will earn how to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to arrive at conclusions about it. You will extend the range of probability problems that you started for GCSE by using the new mathematical techniques studied on the pure mathematics course. If you study three units of statistics you will apply some of the statistical ideas of the course by doing some assessed practical work.

Many of the ideas you will meet in this course have applications in a wide range of other fields - from assessing what your car insurance is going to cost; to how likely the earth is going to be hit by a comet in the next few years.

Entry requirements

Mathematics GCSE at grade A or A*.



There are 3 examinations, two in Pure Mathematics and one in Statistics.

Future opportunities

An AS in Mathematics is very valuable as a supporting subject to many courses at A level and degree level, especially in the Sciences, Geography, Psychology, Sociology and Medical courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kings Langley School directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year