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Mathematics - AS and A Levels at Coleg Sir Gar

Course description

  • Designed to give a thorough basic training in the core disciplines of algebra, calculus, trigonometry and analytical geometry
  • The specification links well with that for A-Level physics and the sciences in general.
  • No coursework
  • Traditionally and rigourously taught course.
  • The course is vastly different from GCSE in terms of the level of difficulty and the amount and volume of work covered.
  • The most crucial part of GCSE work needed for A level success is a very high standard of ability in algebra.
  • Six external papers for A level qualification
  • Three external papers for an AS qualification

Course content

The course covers units in pure mathematics, further pure, mechanics and statistics. An A Level is made up of six units, four of which are pure while the other two are mechanics or statistics. Students are advised which combination best suits them based on their other subjects and career needs. Students demonstrating a special aptitude for mathematics and a wish to apply to universities such as Oxbridge, will also be advised to study further mathematics. A levels in mathematics and further mathematics can be achieved by completeing the full twelve modules of mathematics available.

Entry requirements

Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A* - C, one of which should be either GCSE Mathematics or GCSE English Language. Ideally students wishing to study A-Level Maths should have followed the higher tier syllabus at GCSE and gained a minimum of grade B and ideally and A or A*. Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the Faculty. It is also highly recommended that for prospective students wishing to study further mathematics that a minimum of a grade A be achieved at GCSE. It would also be beneficial as a preparation to study A-level mathematics that the WJEC certificate in additional mathematics be studied alongside GCSE mathematics.


Currently, at AS Level three examination papers at the end of Year one. Likewise at A2 Level a further three examination papers at the end of Year two with the option of re-sitting the Year 1 papers.  For A2 Further Mathematics a further 3 pure examination papers: FP1, FP2 and FP3.

Future opportunities

A Levels provide an excellent basis for progression to higher level qualifications such as degrees or Higher National Diplomas.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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