This is an academically rigorous course which is designed to enable students to extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques, apply their knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions within a variety of contexts, and use technology appropriately. There is an emphasis on problem-solving, proof, and the use of mathematical modelling to represent real situations. The course content has pure and applied mathematics in the ratio 2:1.
Pure Mathematics: Algebra and functions; Coordinate geometry; Trigonometry; Exponentials and logarithms; Calculus; Proof; Vectors
Applied Mathematics: Statistics - Statistical sampling Data representation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical distributions; Hypothesis testing.
Mechanics: Quantities and units in mechanics; Kinematics; Forces and Newton’s Laws
Assessment of the AS level Mathematics course is by 2 written examination papers in May/June. There is no coursework component.
Paper 1 of 2 hours duration, assesses the Pure Mathematics content.
Paper 2 is 1 hour, and assesses both Statistics and Mechanics.
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to provide the foundation to progress to the A2 Mathematics course in year 13. This may lead on to a higher education course in Mathematics or a related area. There is a wide range of careers where mathematical skills are invaluable, for example, engineering, financial management, accountancy, computer programming.
Mathematics plays a key role in many areas, for example, within science and industry, construction, aviation, hospitals, marketing, meteorology and manufacturing.