Applied Mathematics AS and A Level at Portsmouth College
This course is designed for students who are keen to continue with their mathematics having achieved a grade B or C from the GCSE (higher) examination. It is ideal if you enjoy maths but you are more interested in applications than theoretical ideas. The qualification offers a fresh start and a new style of learning. You should consider this course as a valuable complement to a wide range of other AS/A subjects.
You will study three modules in each year, all equally weighted. Much of your work will be in the form of mini-projects based on real life data. The main areas of Mathematics covered are:
Quadratics, trigonometry, logs and graph transformations
- Decision Mathematics:
Problem solving using algorithms, graphs and networks
- Data Analysis:
Using and displaying statistical information
Differentiation and integration
- Mathematical Applications:
An independent project based on your AS work
- Mathematical Comprehension:
Solving problems from data provided and using techniques covered in the course
You would normally be expected to have at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English Language), some at grade B or above. Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualifications (at Merit grade or higher) would be a useful addition but cannot be used instead of the basic GCSE requirement.
The course is tested through a combination of written examinations and a coursework portfolio.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Portsmouth College directly.