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Mathematics AS Level at Harrow College

Course description

Mathematics underpins almost every aspect of modern life. Its applications extend from space exploration to the National Lottery. During the Second World War, the mathematics that was done at Bletchley Park saved countless lives on both sides. You will enjoy this challenging course if you like solving problems in a logical manner, applying mathematical theories to real life situations and constructing rigorous mathematical arguments. You will develop your ability to reason logically, to construct mathematical proofs and to use mathematics as an effective means of communication.

Course content

You'll cover three modules in the year, Core Maths 1, Core Maths 2 and either Statistics 1 or Mechanics 1. Students who are also studying Physics as one of their AS subjects will study the Mechanics 1 module; all other students will study the Statistics 1 module. The syllabus content for each of the modules can be found on the Edexcel website (

You will be taught through a variety of classroom activities, and you will also be expected to do a substantial amount of homework.

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A*-C in National Curriculum subjects, including Maths and one other subject at grade B or above and normally including English at grade C. If you have a grade B in Maths, you may be required to take (and pass) an additional short Maths test when you come to enrol.


Exams - 100 %, Successful completion of the course will lead to a certificate awarded by Edexcel.

Financial information

Please see our information on fees and bursaries on the Young Learners (16+) pages of the website. Any fees paid for full time programmes are non refundable. Please contact Admissions if you would like further information or advice.

Future opportunities

AS Mathematics is regarded as a good indication of potential by both employers and universities.

Further information

Equipment or materials:

You will have to provide yourself with all standard stationery, writing materials and folders. You will also need a scientific calculator and you will need to buy two textbooks.

Additional costs:

Books amounting to approximately £30

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harrow College directly.

Last updated date: 10 March 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: AS3MATHA
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  • Number of planned places: 72

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