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Maths AS A2 at Elizabeth Woodville School

Course description

'I chose to study Mathematics because I enjoy numbers and solving problems. Completing a long, complex problem and getting it right, gives me immense satisfaction.' A Level Mathematics involves new ideas that some of the greatest minds of the millennium have produced.

Course content

You must enjoy using mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems and will work as a class, in groups or on your own. You will learn how to understand and demonstrate 'proof' in mathematics, use various technologies and resources, and simplify real life situations so that you can use mathematics to show what is happening and what might happen in different circumstances.There are four branches of mathematics. You may to able to study -Pure Mathematics - if you enjoy the challenge of problem solving and want to extend your knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry as well as studying new ideas such as calculus.Mechanics - if you are interested in describing mathematically the motion of objects - from cars to satellites - and how they respond to forces, you will learn how to mathematically model a complicated physical problem to a simpler one that can be solved.  Mechanics is an essential introduction to such important modern fields of study such as cybernetics, robotics, biomechanics, sports science as well as engineering and physics.Statistics - if you want to learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to draw conclusions. It has many applications - from assessing what your car insurance will cost to the likelihood of the earth being hit by a comet.Decision Mathematics – this looks at algorithms and logical processes to solving problems.  It tries to develop strategies to minimise costs and maximise efficiency.

Entry requirements

It is advisable that students wishing to enter an Advanced Level course should be aiming to achieve at least a B grade in that subject at GCSE level.  For non GCSE subjects such as Psychology and Sociology a grade C in English is a requirement.  It is advised that students sitting the Advanced courses in Maths and Science should have sat the Higher GCSE papers, achieving an A/B grade.


The AS Level consists of three modules, the A Level six modules, each of which is examined by a written paper.

Future opportunities

Career pathsAn A Level is an excellent foundation for a degree in the subject plus a wide range of related higher education courses or careers especially economics, engineering, architecture, medicine, accountancy, teaching, psychology, environmental studies computing, information technology.

Further information

FURTHER ‘AS’ and ‘A’ LEVEL MATHEMATICSSuitable candidates will have the opportunity to study additional units to their Mathematics ‘A’ level course.  They may study an additional 3 units to gain Further ‘AS’ level additional 6 units to gain Further ‘A’ level (like double Maths A-level used to be).  Students with a desire to study Mathematics or Physics at degree level will find this invaluable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Elizabeth Woodville School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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