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Mathematics - AS Level at Chichester College

Course description

The AS course comprises of three modules, two of which are followed by all students; Core 1 and Core 2. The third module is an application of maths, usually this will be Mechanics 1 if you are also studying Physics, or Decision 1; Statistics is another application studied by some students during their two year A level. The second year follows a similar structure.

Course content

Core 1 and 2 (plus 3 and 4 in year 2) concern the study of algebra; you will look at functions and graphs including trigonometric functions and will learn about calculus - the study of rates of change. Mechanics is about the study of Forces and motion. Decision looks at the mathematical processes by which businesses can make decisions that maximise their efficiency. Statistics explores the question as to how we can decide whether a theory is true given the random nature of the world. 

You will be taught using a variety of approaches. There will be participatory lecturing – some ideas need a clear explanation from an expert, but lectures will always involve a lot of student involvement. Investigation – sometimes you will explore a problem yourself to deepen your conceptual understanding. Problem solving group exercises – discussing Maths helps to gain a secure grasp of the subject. 

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades including English Language and a minimum of B in GCSE Maths, plus a willingness to work hard and persevere when it gets tough. You will be assessed during your first few weeks and advised as to whether Core Mathematics might be a more suitable course.


Assessment is via 3 terminal exams each year, one for each module studied. 

Financial information

For all fee details please refer to the Chichester College website

Future opportunities

Maths can lead to careers in engineering, economics, operations
research, finance, biology, the environment, insurance, software
design, medicine, archaeology, social planning, general research and
many, many more.

Further information

We use graphical calculators, mathematical software, mini white
boards, group white boards to enhance learning.
A commitment to developing mathematical expertise is highly
regarded by both employers and Higher Education establishments.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 March 2016
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