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Mathematics AS/A Level at Gloucester Academy

Course description

At the turn of the century, the Times Educational Supplement reported that A-level mathematicians earn, on average, 10% more than those without the qualification!

The course picks up from the GCSE without any shocks or surprises and begins to explore deeper and more interesting mathematical ideas that will train your mind to think logically at increasingly complex and abstract levels. This is what gives you the problem-solving mind that is so employable as you embark on a career.

A-level maths demands a large amount of independent work outside of lessons so it is important to ask yourself… Do I have an inquisitive mind with a natural attention to detail? Am I a motivated learner with good self-discipline to complete set tasks? If so, then A-level maths is for you!

Course content

Some of the first topics you study on the course are:

Algebra and Functions Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane

Sequences and series

Differentiation and Integration.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in mathematics (minimum), preferably A/A*


The course is examined though a series of modules (3 for the AS, 6 for the full A2). These will be a combination of pure and applied modules usually in decision or statistics.

Future opportunities

With an A-level in maths you will have one of the most versatile subjects for application to a huge number of further courses in the Sciences and Medicine, Engineering, Computing and many more besides. As one of the most renowned Alevels for its scope and difficulty, it also holds a great deal of weight as you look for apprenticeships, training schemes or other employment on completion of Sixth Form studies.

Further information

Use of tablets, laptops and multimedia to support learning. Updates, links and course content available on the Academy’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucester Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2017
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