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Mathematics AS/A2 Level at Kirkby College

Course description

This is one of the most popular subjects and complements a number of other courses. Mathematics is a very useful subject both in its own right and as a support for other subject areas. There is a national shortage of people with mathematical skills and Mathematics at AS and A level equips you with skills that will prove valuable in a variety of jobs and higher education courses.

Mathematics is a significant component of many subjects taken at degree level including scientific, technical, financial, managerial and social science courses.

Course content

Core Mathematics

Unit 1— Indices and Surds, Algebra and Polynomials, Coordinate Geometry, Graphs and Differentiation.

Unit 2— Algebra, Trigonometry, Sequences and Series, Integration, Logarithmic and Exponential Functions.


Representation of Data, Probability Distributions and Bivariate Data

  • Each unit is worth 33.3 % of the final mark

Three more units are studiede at A2 Year.

Entry requirements

Standard College entry requirements including a minimum of GCSE Mathematics: grade B


  • 3 exams at the end of Year 12.
  • 3 exams at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

Thinking of going straight into employment?

Employers look for hard-working, self-motivated, and intelligent people to join their staff. Obtaining a maths A-level shows that you have what it takes. You may not use algebra or probability in your job every day, but the transferable skills of analysis, logic, and problem solving will always come in handy.

Thinking about University?

Some degree subjects like physics and engineering ask for a maths A-level as part of the entry requirements. Others such as medicine and architecture don’t make it a necessity, but they still have a decent amount of mathematical content. If you go in with a maths A-level, you’ll have a much easier time than those who don’t.

Thinking about a maths degree?

If you’ve decided to study maths at university, there’s great news: qualified mathematicians are always in demand. The modern world needs mathematicians. Maths and science are required for the continued development of our increasingly technological lives. The UK’s knowledge economy needs more mathematical skills for the financial, communication, transportation sectors and areas like genome modelling etc.

Without mathematicians, we’d be in trouble!


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 May 2015

Key information

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