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Mathematics AS/A-Level at Worthing College

Course description

It is to extend your range of mathematical skills and techniques. You will acquire the foundation necessary for the further study of Mathematics and other related disciplines and develop the ability to recognise real-life situations which can be modelled mathematically. You will gain the appropriate knowledge of procedures to be followed in order to produce useful results and develop confidence and enthusiasm in your approach to the subject.


Course content

In each year of the course there are two Pure Core Mathematics units and one Application unit. In the first year you will study Pure Core 1, Pure Core 2 and Decision Maths.

In the second year you will study Pre Core 3, Pure Core 4 and either Mechanics or Statistics. If you combine AS Maths with AS Further Maths you will study the Decision 2 unit in your second year (as will have already studied the statistics and Mechanics units as part of the Further Maths course).

Pure Mathematics involves the study of algebra, trigonometry, coordinate geometry and calculas decision maths includes the study of networks, algorithms (methods used to solve problems) and linear programming)

The Mechanics units covers forces and modelling motion and has close links with physics.

The statistics unit uses a graphics calculator to perform statistical tests which you then learn to interpret.

Entry requirements

A grade B or above in GCSE Maths higher tier will be needed to start this course (although an A grade is preferred due to the high Algebra content of the AS/A Level Maths course).


In the summer of the first year you will take the 2 Pure Maths units and the Decision unit that make up the AS Level qualification. In the summer of the second year you will sit the exams in the last 2 Pure Maths units together with the application unit in either mechanics or statistics. All 6 units count towards the final A Level grade.

There is no coursework for any of the modules studied.

Future opportunities

It is a valuable qualification in many higher education courses including degrees in Mathematics, the Sciences, Engineering, Finance and Computing and Architecture. It gives a sound basis for following these areas up as careers too.

It is also useful for going directly on to training schemes in careers such as engineering, accountancy, insurance, tax and finance.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 August 2016
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