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Mathematics AS Level at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description


Mathematics provides you with skills that you can use in any career: analytical thinking, solving problems, thinking creatively, investigating and presenting logically, handling and interpreting data, forming and communicating ideas. Mathematics is a highly credible qualification, however, the choice should also be because you enjoy mathematics and you get pleasure from the challenge of solving number and logic puzzles.

Course content

CONTENT - Advanced Subsidiary Level_three modules

C1: To build on and develop the techniques students have learnt at GCSE so that they acquire the fluency required for advanced work.

* Proof, algebra, co-ordinate geometry, and polynomials.

C2: To introduce students to a number of topics which are fundamental to the advanced study of mathematics

* Logarithms, sequences and series, trigonometry and calculus.

S1: To enable students to build on and extend the data handling and sampling techniques they have learnt at GCSE. To apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations using simple probability models and to gain insight into the ideas and techniques underlying hypothesis testing.

Entry requirements

AS Level

  • Entry onto AS courses is conditional on you achieving at least five B grades at GCSE Level which must include the subjects you intend to study
  • If you are starting a new subject at AS Level such as Psychology or Film Studies you must achieve a B grade in a related subject at GCSE Level such as Science or English
  • All students must also achieve at least a C grade in Mathematics and English Language



All three modules are examined in May/June

No calculating aids may be used in the examination for Unit C1. For all other units, a scientific or graphical calculator is allowed.

Future opportunities


Students today are growing up in an atmosphere of increasing acceptance of equal opportunities and an extended study of Mathematics opens the door to a variety of careers: architect, chemist, food scientist, air traffic controller, racing car designer, computer programmer, defence analyst, investment banker, weather forecaster, medical statistician, project manager, economist, actuary.... the list is endless. 'We face the challenge of preparing young people for jobs that do not exist, problems we have yet to discover and use technologies yet to be invented...challenge to develop skills and competencies needed in a fast changing world!'.

Further information


Students ideally will have achieved an A* or A grade to start the course. Students who have achieved a grade B may find some of the aspects of the course difficult but can gain success at A level if they are prepared to work hard and show determination. Mathematics A level requires constant focussed hard work but the rewards are great.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 school year