About this course
The Mathematics AS programme is a one-year course of study and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student.
AS level Mathematics (new specification) is a good choice for pupils due to the flexibility that it offers:
- It supports other subjects such as all three sciences, Psychology, Information Technology and many others.
- It develops your ability to think logically and present formal arguments, which is essential in any career.
- It is a challenging qualification, welcomed by all universities, whichever degree course you apply to study.
- It is interesting, and involves more variety of study than you might expect!
All colleges/sixth forms in Wales will be delivering the exact same specification from September 2017.
What you will study
AS Unit 1: Pure Mathematics A
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes (120 marks) - 25% of A-Level qualification
The paper will comprise a number of short and longer, both structured and unstructured questions, which may be set on any part of the subject content of the unit. A number of questions will assess learners' understanding of more than one topic from the subject content. A calculator will be allowed in this examination.
You will study a range of essential topics including algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, proof by deduction, exhaustion and disproof by counter example, Sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, and vectors. These will all form the foundations necessary for anyone pursuing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.
AS Unit 2: Applied Mathematics A
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes (75 marks) - 15% of qualification
The paper will comprise of two sections:
Section A: Statistics (40 marks)
Section B: Mechanics (35 marks)
The total assessment time of 1 hour 45 minutes can be split between Section A and Section B as learners deem appropriate. A calculator will be allowed in this examination. Furthermore, it is recommended that students purchase a calculator that allows them to access cumulative probabilities for standard statistical distributions (e.g. Casio fx–991 ex).
In this module you will see how mathematics can be applied to a range of real-life problems relating to statistics, probability and mechanics. Topics covered will include statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, statistical hypothesis testing, modelling in mechanics, kinematics of a particle, forces and Newton’s laws, and vectors.
NOTE: There are no longer options modules in mathematics. From September 2017 all students will study the same modules in all centres. In addition to this, the new AS qualification will now account for 40% of the overall A-level qualification.
To access full details about the new specification please use the following link:
A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade A* - C including English Language. Minimum of an B higher in GCSE Maths.
Teaching and assessment
Two written exams
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Time of day
I came to the College as I wanted to travel and become more independent – it’s so modern and looks amazing. When I saw the library I was sold. Honestly the library was my main pull, there are so many books I loved it.
Someone came in to speak to us about the Sutton Trust, which gives students a taste of life at American universities. I applied - it was really competitive but I got in. We went to a different state every day, and we went to different colleges including Princeton and Harvard. I also had a week at Warwick Uni and a week at Nottingham Uni. It was so good – I just loved it.
You have a lot of support at the College, especially from the Careers and Ideas team. I think there are a lot more opportunities here as it is such a big college with so many resources.
Career prospects & further study
On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:
- Actuarial Science
- Aeronautical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical/Electronic Engineering
- Engineering (General)
- Mechanical Engineering
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