Use of Mathematics at Stanborough School
Students who wish to continue their study of mathematics in the sixth form but with a greater emphasis on practical applications may choose AS Use of Mathematics. This course is ideal for those who do not require A Level Mathematics, but who want to learn how to apply advanced mathematics in real and interesting contexts. There is less emphasis on content than in a traditional AS and more emphasis on process skills such as application, understanding, reasoning and communication. Students are encouraged to apply mathematics in their other studies (and interests).
The specification is composed of a compulsory unit, Algebra, combined with a choice of two Free Standing Mathematics Qualifications (FSMQs) from Data Analysis, Hypothesis Testing, Dynamics, Mathematical Principles for Personal Finance and Decision Mathematics. The choice of optional units will be determined by considering both the skills of teaching staff and the needs of students on the course. Students will be assessed in each of the units by a written paper of short and extended answers with reference to a pre-release data sheet given to students 1-3 weeks before the exam. The three units are all equally weighted in determining the overall AS grade.
The qualification may be extended to a full A level in year 13. This would involve a compulsory FSMQ, Calculus; a 60 hour coursework portfolio based on two applications of the student’s choice; and a Mathematical Comprehension paper using a pre-release data sheet and graphics calculator. Students are expected to have achieved grade C or higher in their Mathematics GCSE. The qualification is intended to support other studies with a mathematical aspect such as technology, science,
A* - C in GCSE MathsAPS: 40 or above
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stanborough School directly.