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Maths AS/A2 level at City and Islington College

Course description

Build on what you know from GCSE Maths with this intensive senior-level course in Maths, which focuses on the practical and supportive use of Maths in the context of many possible careers - including Physics, Engineering and Data Analysis.

Course content

In your first year, you will study algebra, differential calculus (dealing with rates of change), sequences and series, wave functions (trigonometry) and coordinate geometry. You also study statistics, which looks at data collection, graphical representation of data, probability and statistical models to interpret data.

In your second year, you will build on the foundations of what you've learned and study numerical methods, infinite binomial series, trigonometric functions and differential equations. You also study one unit of applied mathematics: either statistical modelling (S2) which is important for science and economics, mechanics (M1) which is useful for engineering and physics, or decision mathematics (D1) which links with computer algorithm design.

Entry requirements

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
  • In addition, to study this subject you must achieve at least grade A or A* in Higher Level Maths GCSE. All students with GCSE Maths at grade B or C will need to pass a Maths test before enrolling.

Example Maths Test [Word]

International students:

  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.


Assessment is by written exam at the end of each year. Successful completion of the first year gains you an AS Level in Maths. Successful completion of the second gains you an A Level in Maths.

Future opportunities

Maths is one of the core subjects in the curriculum and is highly prized by all employers and Higher Level institutions. Depending on which option unit you study, you can take what you've learned into a Higher Level Course in Science or Economics, in Engineering or Physics, or Computer Programming.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City and Islington College directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2016
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    • We are a specialist A Level Sixth Form College in the heart of Angel, Islington, with over 25 years of proven success and an outstanding record of achievement. Last year our overall A Level pass rate was 99%, 70% of students achieved grades from A*-C and 31 A Level subjects boasted a 100% pass rate.

      What we offer

      We specialise in preparing you for higher education and have an extensive range of subjects on offer, many of which are not offered elsewhere in London. Our teachers are A Level specialists, many are examiners and some have PHDs. The College offers superb facilities specially designed for A Level teaching.