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Maths (Use of Maths) (AS/A Level) at New College Swindon

Course description

This is a one-year course leading to an AS Level.  If you do well at AS level you may continue to A2 (A Level) in your second year.

You will learn how to apply Maths to make sense of situations in your other AS Levels and the world around you.  It will suit students studying for AS/A Levels or vocational qualifications; and others who have enjoyed success in Maths, but who have chosen non-mathematical options for their post-16 courses, and also students in need of mathematical back-up in their main studies.

Course content

You are actively involved in developing mathematical ideas and problems arising from everyday life, for example investigating earthquakes, population growth, water flow, planetary orbits and holes in the ozone layer.

One of the aims of this qualification is that you develop an appreciation of when you could use technology to assist you in Maths.  The coursework portfolio in the A2 course allows you to incorporate the use of computers and graphic calculators.

Entry requirements

You will need a good understanding of earlier work and a GCSE Grade C or above in Maths.  You should have studied Maths at the higher tier level.


The AS course consists of 3 units:

  • Algebra
  • Data Analysis
  • Decision Mathematics

The last two are free-standing Maths units and can be certified separately.  The three together make up the AS Level qualification.  Assessment for each unit is by exam in May/June.

The A2 course also consists of 3 units:

  • Calculus
  • Comprehension
  • Applications – a coursework unit

Future opportunities

Maths is an important subject to support many scientific and business courses as well as Computing, Geography and Psychology.  Many careers value the analytical and logical approach to problem solving that Use of Maths develops.  Many Higher Education courses have Maths as a requirement of entry or state a preference for it:  it is the subject most often mentioned.  (For particular courses you should check with Admissions Tutors whether Use of Maths is required).

The unit in Statistics in particular is good preparation for a career in Business, Economics, Insurance, Finance, Accountancy, Market Research or Social Science.  The Statistics unit links well with other AS Level subjects such as Psychology and Geography.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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