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Mathematics A Level at Kendal College

Course description

A-Level Mathematics offers students with a good understanding of Maths the chance to study it at a higher level.

You will complete the AS-Level in the first year and the A2 in the second to form a full A-Level.

This course provides a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace. The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying A-Level Maths make sure the qualification is widely respected even in non-mathematical arenas.

Skills gained include: 
- an understanding of the mathematics that underpin many aspects of our lives
- the ability to apply a range of mathematical skills to different situations
- acute logical thinking and problem-solving abilities
- the ability to process, interpret and analyse information

Course content

A-Level Maths is made up of six units - three at AS and three at A2.  There are four Pure Core units which make up two-thirds of the qualification and provide the techniques in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus that form the fundamental building blocks of the subject.

Mathematical applications make up the remaining third of the qualification and there are various options to suit the needs of individual students. The applications fall into three strands:

Mechanics - forces, energy, motion 
Statistics - probability, data handling , testing hypotheses. 
Decision - networks, algorithms, sorting

Please note that it may not be possible to offer all strands to every cohort; please discuss at interview.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C or equivalent including:

  • GCSE Mathematics Grade A* or A
  • GCSE English A*-C


All units are of equal weighting and are assessed by an exam of 1 hour 30 minutes sat in June. Graphics calculator allowed in all units except Pure Core 1.

Future opportunities

Throughout the AS and A-Level Mathematics programme, students are encouraged to think logically and analytically. These fundamental maths skills are useful across all kinds of disciplines and careers.

A-level Mathematics is a good choice for students considering higher education in any science or maths-based course, ranging from Biochemical Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medical Science and Psychology to Philosophy, Economics, Accountancy, Management and Actuarial Science.

Career opportunities for students who study A-Level Mathematics include: industry, accountancy, finance, economics, healthcare, medicine, veterinary science and engineering.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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