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Mathematics AS/A2 Level at Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School

Course description

The AS and A2 courses consist of 3 modules each, 2 of Core Maths and 1 Applied Maths. Core Maths is the study of topics such as algebra, trigonometry, calculus and sequences.
For the AS course students study Mechanics as their applied module, which is the application of maths to problems in Physics and engineering such as the flight of projectiles or the acceleration of a car.
For A2 the applied module is Statistics which is the study of large sets of numerical data and also probability.
The main learning technique is to listen to and take an active part in class discussion of the ideas and methods, and then to solve problems which consolidate and extend your understanding, and practise methods to acquire a fluency with the techniques, much as with a foreign language. You will need to be resilient and determined when the work seems difficult.
You will find that the presentation of your answers will have to become fuller and you will be presenting mathematical arguments and explanations rather than simply arriving at answers.


Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

Students need to feel confident to make the jump to A2 Level from GCSE. A Grade A or above at GCSE Mathematics should be seen as a minimum expectation. For those who wish to pursue Maths to a higher level, there is also the opportunity to study Further Maths at AS and A2 Levels (please see the separate insert on Further Maths).
We ask all those wishing to study Maths to sit an assessment after they have applied to study in the Sixth Form. The aim of this is to ascertain boys’ areas of strengths and weaknesses in their mathematical ability. The assessment is 45 minutes long and covers the important skills required to study AS Maths.


The course is examined through one 90minute exam for each module, so three for the AS and 3 for the A2. Each exam is equally weighted for the AS, and for the A2 only the Core module exams go towards being awarded an A* grade. There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

Mathematics is the cornerstone of science and engineering and is increasingly used as a tool in business and social policy as well as being the basis for the IT industry. Maths is essential for any Science or Engineering degree course and also for Economics. For those with a taste for it, the subject is a useful strand in the educational background for a huge range of careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
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Key information

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