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Applied Mathematics AS and A Level at Portsmouth College

Course description

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.

Course content

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:

  1. Algebra:
    Quadratics, trigonometry, logs and graph transformations
  2. Decision Mathematics:
    Problem solving using algorithms, graphs and networks
  3. Data Analysis:
    Using and displaying statistical information
  4. Calculus:
    Differentiation and integration
  5. Mathematical Applications:
    An independent project based on your AS work
  6. Mathematical Comprehension:
    Solving problems from data provided and using techniques covered in the course

Entry requirements

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.

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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