Maths AS A2 at Prince William School
OUTLINEStudents will study three modules in Year 12. The course has been adapted in recent years to make it more accessible to students who have taken Intermediate level. COURSE CONTENT AND ASSESSMENTThe AS course consists of three modules, two in Pure Mathematics and one Applied module. The first Pure Mathematics module, (C1) taken in January in Year 12, will go over several topics from the GCSE course in more depth, allowing students to build up confidence in using their algebraic skills (e.g. factorisation, solving equations) before these are developed in the second module. (C2). The Applied module (likely to be Statistics 1) gives students a chance to use their mathematical skills in practical problems. Statistics 1, for example, extends probability from tree diagrams to probability distributions as well as looking at more ways of analysing data. In Year 13 students follow the same pattern of two Pure modules and one Applied module. A calculator (including graphical) can now be used for all exams except for the introductory module. In order to cope with the demands of the course you will need to be able to get a grade B in GCSE Mathematics. The course is open to Intermediate/Higher students. However, we do expect Intermediate students to do extra work in the first few weeks of the course. Each of the modules counts equally towards your final grade at AS or A level. Exams are 1½ hours long. There is no coursework at AS, another change for the new syllabus and only 1 piece at A level in one module (20% of the module).
Students expecting to get a high A grade or A* grade should consider also the Further Mathematics course, so that they can be challenged in the early parts of the course. A grade B or above is required in Mathematics, at Intermediate or Higher levels. A willingness to work hard throughout the course is also important, we will expect a good attitude displayed at GCSE. Ability to work accurately with algebra and trigonometry is essential and a good understanding of probability and statistics will help on the statistics module covered in the AS course.
Mathematics A level is highly regarded by employers and Universities as evidence of the ability to think logically, analytically and precisely. Obviously it is necessary for degrees involving Mathematics or Engineering and is also particularly useful for Accountancy, Finance and most Science and Computing courses. The Statistics module will be very beneficial for anyone going on to study subjects such as Geography, Sociology, Biology or Psychology, which involve analysing data.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prince William School directly.