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Mathematics at Ringwood School Academy

Course description

Mathematics is worth studying not only as a support subject for the physical and social sciences, but in its own right.

It is challenging and interesting, building on work covered at GCSE and introducing new areas of study. Scientists, engineers, social scientists, geographers, economists and the business community derive power from mathematics as an enabling tool.

Scientists, engineers, social scientists, geographers, economists and the business  community derive power from mathematics as an enabling tool.

Course content

There are four main areas of study:

  • Core mathematics is the heart of the subject. It enables you to extend your understanding of the magic and power of number, pattern and structure.

You will choose two application units from the other three areas:

  • Statistics is the process of mathematically modelling andanalysing real-world data and is especially useful to those studying biology, business, geography or chemistry.
  • Mechanics applies mathematical modelling to physical problems and is especially useful to those studying physical sciences or engineering.
  • Decision maths concerns the use of mathematical modelling to make systems run more efficiently and is particularly useful for business studies and engineering students.

The Application units can be from different branches (e.g. M1 and S1) or extend the depth of study in one area (e.g. S1 and S2).

Entry requirements

  • Students must satisfy the general entry requirements for Ringwood Sixth Form including at least a grade B on the Higher tier in GCSE Mathematics. However, grade A is desirable due to the algebra content covered at this level in GCSE Mathematics which will be required for students to be able to fully access an AS Level Mathematics course.
  • Students starting AS Mathematics will be required to complete 12 online tasks over the summer break in preparation for the start of the course. Further details will be issued during the induction day in June.


Each written examination lasts 90 minutes.

All units are equally weighted. Calculators are allowed in all units except Core 1.

You will sit 3 written papers,(2 core and 1 application unit) for AS Level Mathematics
and 6 written papers in total (4 core and 2 application units) for A2 Level Mathematics in the May/June examination sessions.

Financial information

Students will be expected to have their own Scientific calculator and to print   materials from the Learning Zone as required.

Future opportunities

Most universities offer degree courses in Mathematics, on its own and in combination
with other areas of study. The skills covered in Mathematics are also highly sought after in a wide variety of other disciplines and by prospective employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ringwood School Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years