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Mathematics AS & A level at Stowupland High School

Course description

This course is suitable for a wide variety of students, as it encourages the learning of skills, the application of logical thought and the ability to read texts and documents.  It is considered to be essential or strongly recommended for many of the sciences especially Physics.  It is also used by students to widen their field of study, and demonstrate that they are capable in more than one area of expertise.  It is highly regarded by all universities and is essential for those considering Physics, Mathematics, Actuarial Studies, Accountancy or Engineering at a higher level.

Course content

The course is split into different subjects, pure mathematics (an extension of the work that you have covered at GCSE) including the wide field of calculus and a choice of mechanics or statistics.  Two-thirds of the course is Algebra based, but also includes topics such as trigonometry and vectors.  At the beginning of the course there will be a period of revision of previous skills in order that you will all be able to start the new work from the course.  From that time on, you will learn a wide variety of skills that are all inter-dependent.  A couple of weeks after the start of term you will look back at your GCSE work, and realise how much progress you have made.

Entry requirements

To begin the AS/A level Maths course you need to have at least grade A at GCSE, however we will consider students with a B grade on an individual basis.  You will need  enthusiasm, a fondness for the subject and  willingness to learn.  It is recommended that you  purchase a graphics calculator at an early stage of the course, although the scientific calculator from your GCSE is suitable.


AS level

Pure core 1 - 1.5 hours exam

Decision 1 - 1.5 hours exam

Pure core 2 - 1.5 hours exam


A level

Mechanics 1 - 1.5 hours exam

Pure core 3 - 1.5 hours exam

Pure core 4 - 1.5 hours exam

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stowupland High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September