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Mathematics AS/A2 Level at Birchwood Community High School

Course description

Mathematics can be studied as a subject in its own right, or to support other subjects at Level 3. It provides a pathway into a variety of higher education and degree courses. If you are looking for employment after sixth form, having A Level Mathematics will greatly enhance your curriculum vitae and hence your job prospects.

The Edexcel AS Level and A2 Level  Mathematics course has been designed to provide routes of progression between GCSE and Higher Education and/or employment. It has the flexibility to meet the diverse needs of the wide variety of learners needing mathematics at this level.

The course is designed to help students to fulfil their potential by taking and enjoying mathematics which is relevant to their needs post 16. This involves four key elements: breadth, depth, being up to date and providing students with the ability to use mathematics in a variety of ways.

Course content

AS Mathematics                 

The core modules build on ideas developed at GCSE and lay down the foundations for calculus, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry and algebra.

The statistics module covers some of the fundamental aspects of statistics: exploring and representing data data, modelling and probability.

A2 Mathematics

The A2 course further develops the skills learned at AS Level and begins to introduce students to skills that they will need  in higher education.

  • Advanced Calculus
  • Numerical Methods
  • Advanced Algebra
  • Advanced Trigonometry
  • Parametric Equations
  • Vectors

 In Year 2 you are also introduced to Decision Mathematics.

Entry requirements

To study Mathematics at this level you need a grade B at GCSE Level.  If you are in second set for GCSE you will be asked to complete a transition module over the summer holiday to ensure that all aspects of algebra are fully understood.



AS Examinations

All examinations now take place in the summer term.
Core 1 - 1½ hour

Core 2 – 1½ hour

Statistics 1 - 1½ hour


A2 Examinations

Core 3 – 1½ hour

Core 4 – 1½ hour

Decision 1  – 1½ hour

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birchwood Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 29 May 2015

Key information

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