Mathematics AS/A Level


At A Level students will study core mathematics which develops the ideas met at GCSE, such as Algebra, Graphs, and Trigonometry and two applied units: Decision Mathematics and Statistics. Studying Mathematics gives students techniques for understanding and solving problems and it encourages the development of a logical and enquiring mind.

What goes well with this course?

Mathematics goes well with every subject and it is probably the most marketable A Level in terms of acceptability. There are good economic reasons for studying Mathematics and it is difficult to think of any further education course or career where it would not be welcomed in combination with other subjects.


AS or A Level Mathematics is welcomed as a qualification for a variety of Higher Education courses.

A Mathematics qualification is vital for some subjects, such as Engineering, and useful for others, such as Biochemistry. Students taking a degree in Music will find AS Mathematics is valuable when they study Acoustics.

Many Mathematics graduates work in Accountancy, Computing, Engineering, Management or Teaching.

Course Content

This course covers:

In Year 1 (AS) students study Core 1, Core 2 and Decision 1. In Year 2 they cover Core 3, Core 4 and Statistics 1. Core units develop the ideas met at GCSE, such as: Algebra, Graphs, and Trigonometry. Decision Mathematics develops the ideas used in modern technology. Statistics is the study of data.


Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips and presentations by visiting speakers.


Each unit is assessed by a 1 hour 30 minutes examination.  Core 1 paper is non-calculator and the rest of the units involve using a calculator.

The exam board for this A Level is AQA.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:  

  • Grade 6 in Maths.  Most students taking this course will have obtained their grade from the higher GCSE paper.

Some students will be accepted with Grade 5 in Maths, if A Level Maths is being combined with A Levels such as Economics, Computer Design or Product Design (and is needed in order to pursue a particular career path).

Students must be competent in manipulating algebraic equations and should enjoy interpreting graphs.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2017

The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the AS/A Level in Mathematics information leaflet.

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