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Mathematics AS/A2 at The King Alfred School

Course description

While following the course you will be expected to:• Use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems• Solve quite complicated problems by using mathematical arguments and logic. You will also have to understand and demonstrate what is meant by proof in mathematics.• Use mathematics as an effective means of communication.• Simplify real-life situations so that mathematics can be used to show (a) what is happening and (b) what might happen in different circumstances.• Use the mathematics that you learn to solve problems that are given to you in a real-life context.• Acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators effectively, recognise when such use may be inappropriate and be aware of limitations.• Develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general.

Course content

The course is modular. The AS comprises of three modules and the A2 requires a further three modules. The intention is that you will have completed all three AS modules by the end of year 12.

In year 13 you will sit one module in the January and then complete the A2 in June.

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have achieved at least a grade C in your GCSE and you need to have sat the higher exam.

Future opportunities

What could I go on to at the end of my course?

AS Level Mathematics
An AS in mathematics is very valuable as a supporting subject to many courses at both A level and degree level, especially in the sciences, geography, psychology, sociology and medical courses. There may also be the opportunity to study Further Maths which could be important to students with particular career choices or those wishing to study mathematics at degree level.
A Level Mathematics
This is a much sought-after qualification for entry to a wide variety of full-time courses in higher education. There are also many areas of employment where a Mathematics qualification would be viewed very favourably.


Higher Education courses or careers that either require Mathematics A level or where one would be beneficial.
• Economics      • Medicine
• Architecture    • Engineering
• Accountancy   • Teaching
• Psychology      • Environmental studies
• Computing       • Information and
                             communication technology

If you wanted to continue your study of mathematics, you could follow a course in mathematics at degree level or even continue further as a postgraduate and get involved in mathematical research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King Alfred School directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year

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