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Mathematics GCE AS Level (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

Maths is about solving problems and is a challenging and rewarding subject which is highly regarded by employers and universities. Pure Maths provides methods involving algebra, trigonometry, coordinate geometry and calculus which can be used to solve problems in other branches of Maths. Applied Maths is divided into Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Maths. Mechanics is about statics, stationary bodies and kinematics, the motion of objects. Statistics is about data analysis and interpretation and Decision Maths is about solving problems often in a business context. This is a very versatile subject that goes well with any other. If you enjoy Mathematics and have strong algebraic skills then you can choose to study it for its own sake or to support your other subject choices.

Course content

AS Level (year one) You will study three units in year one. This will include two pure units, C1 and C2, and one applied unit which can be Mechanics M1 or Statistics S1. A Level (year two) You will also study three units in year two. This will include two more pure units, C3 and C4, and one applied Mechanics M2 or Statistics S2.

Entry requirements

You need to have achieved a grade B or higher at GCSE and have strong algebraic skills which will be assessed at enrolment.


You will sit the first pure unit, C1, exam in January and the second pure unit, C2, and your chosen applied unit in June. All exams are 90 minutes and your final AS grade is based on the total mark for the three papers. In year 2 you will sit C3 in January, and C4 and your second applied unit the following June. Your A level grade is based on the total mark for all six papers. In addition to the external exams your progress will be monitored by internal tests throughout the year.

Further information

If you are also taking Physics at AS Level you are recommended to take the Mechanics units, M1 and M2 for your applied options. Students with a grade B at GCSE will be expected to do an extra course called Foundation of Advanced Maths which is designed to give you a good grounding of the essential skills required for AS Level and is a qualification in its own right.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year