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AS/A2 Mathematics at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

You will build upon the skills covered at GCSE, studying more algebra and trigonometry in the core modules.

You will also meet new topics such as differentiation (the study of the rate at which things change).

These core skills will provide the tools for you to tackle the more practical challenges of mechanics and/or statistics.

  • Mechanics is all about forces and movement, calculating velocities and acceleration under a range of conditions.
  • Statistics aims to draw inferences and conclusions from sets of data, statistics is strongly linked to finance and social sciences.

Course content

Pure Mathematics

This extends the Algebra and Trigonometry elements from GCSE to a higher level of understanding that enables problems to be solved especially in Mechanics and Statistics.


This enables you to describe mathematically the motion of object and how they respond to forces acting upon them. Many of the ideas that you will meet form an essential introduction to engineering and physics.


This enables you to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to arrive at meaningful conclusions. You will extend the range of probability concepts from GSCE. Many of the topics have wider applications in Biology and Geography for the recording of experiments.


This area of mathematics develops problem solving and applies mathematical models to solve real world problems.


Entry requirements

Entry grade 8 or 9 at GCSE Mathematics.


AS Level Mathematics is assessed by three modular examinations, A2 by six examinations and and extra six modules make up the Further Maths course.

In each case two out of every three modules are on "Core" maths skills such as algebra and trigonometry whislt the extra one out of three modules can be selected from Statistics or Mechanics.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education in areas of Mathematics, related areas such as Engineering, Economics, Physics or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Mathematics such as an Accountant, Engineer, Financial Adviser or Teacher. The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the economic and financial sectors.

An AS or A2 Level qualification in mathematics is very highly regarded in Further Education and employment as it is known to be one of the more challenging A Level subjects. Maths leads directly to fields such as science, engineering and data handling and also facilitates entry to many other unrelated disciplines.

Further information


Lessons in The Trinity Sixth Form are taught in two blocks, a morning and an afternoon, with a flexible lunchtime in between. Some students will find that all of their subjects will be taught in the same school, while others may choose subjects taught in another school.

Transport will be provided free during the lunchtime, so you don't have to worry about getting from morning to afternoon classes. Free before and after transport is also available to and from your home school if required.



Further Maths will be taught at the St John Fisher site.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 28 February 2017

Key information

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

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Patricia Rhodes -Trinity Progress Manager SMW
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 810400
    • Email address: