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Mathematics AS/A2 at Desborough College

Course description

Course Content


Core 1: Extends the students’ knowledge of Basic Algebra, Indices, Surds, and Straight Line Graphs and also teaches; Coordinate Geometry (Parabolas, Cubic Functions and Circles), Polynomials, and Mathematical Proof.

Core2: Extends the students’ knowledge of Trigonometry and teaches Sequences and Series, Differentiation, Integration and Logarithms.

Statistics 1: Extends the students’ knowledge of Probabilities, Averages, Ranges (mid-range, Interquartile range and Standard Deviation), Presenting data (Cumulative Frequency Graphs, Histograms, Box Plots), and also teaches new skills like Hypothesis Testing and Discrete Random Variables. 


Core 3: Further extends the students’ knowledge about Proof, Differentiation, Integration and introduces them to Natural Logarithms, Functions, Numerical Solutions of Equations, and Functions. There is a coursework component comprising 20% of this module.

Core 4: Introduces students to the concepts of Paramedic Equations, Differential Equations, Vectors, Trigonometric Identities and Equations, and Partial Fractions. There is a comprehension component which is always a bit of fun.

Mechanics 1: A highly useful module for those Physicists or students interested in an Engineering career. It teaches the students about the mathematics behind the Motion of objects, as well as teaching them about Projectiles, Vectors, Constant Acceleration, and Force and Motion.

Entry requirements

Mathematics is one of the more difficult A levels and would be most suitable to students achieving A* - A grades in Mathematics. However, we will also accept students achieving a Bgrade in Mathematics but strongly suggest they attend the A level Bridging Course which will start after the main June Examinations have finished.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years