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Mathematics A/S at University Academy Keighley

Course description

Mathematics is a sequential subject and AS Mathematics builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding established at GCSE. The AS and A2 courses encourage students to develop their understanding of the subject in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment.

Course content

Students are taught how to recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and to understand the relationship between ‘real world’ problems and mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved.  The course also aims to encourage students to develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general.  All units are assessed by exams lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.  Calculators cannot be used for MPC1, the use of a scientific or a graphics calculator is allowed for all other units. 

Entry requirements

Ideally you should have achieved at least a grade B on the Higher tier GCSE.  Students who achieve a grade C on the Higher GCSE will be considered on an individual basis.


Year One - AS Unit 1MPC1 Pure Core 1 - this module develops and extends your use of algebra techniques. You will study calculus for the first time and learn further coordinate geometry topics. This course provides the basic building blocks needed for any further study of Mathematics. The MPC1 exam is taken in January of Y12. 33 1/3% of AS16 2/3% of A2 Unit 2MPC2 Pure Core 2 - this module builds on MPC1, it extends your use of mathematical skills and techniques. You will study logarithms, trigonometry, sequences, functions and further calculus. 33 1/3% of AS16 2/3% of A2 Unit 3MS1B Statistics - MS1B develops your data collection and representation skills as you look at how statistics can be used to model real situations. You will study probability to a greater depth, learn how to use the Binomial and Normal distributions and also study correlation and regression. 33 1/3 % of AS16 2/3 % of A2

Future opportunities

Possible progression: An A level in Mathematics is a highly regarded qualification; it will help you in many areas of further study.  It proves that you are able to reason logically and understand the relationship between ‘real world’ problems and mathematical models.  Mathematics is used as an aid in many further education courses.

Further information

To sample the topics covered at Core 1 visit the A' level section at

The first module in January of Y12 is a clear indication of your ability to succeed at this level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year