This can be taken in addition to the single Mathematics A-level. The AS-level is particularly suitable for students intending to study Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Studies or Physics as it contains an introduction to more advanced pure maths topics, more discrete maths and mechanics. It is no more difficult than the single maths AS. The A2 is suitable for the better mathematicians as it extends and develops the topics covered in the single A-level. Good mathematicians will really enjoy it (the teaching staff certainly do). Students will find taking two maths A-levels less demanding and so it is very suitable as a fourth or even fifth A-level. Some Further Maths modules can be used for single maths to improve overall grades.
Use of Mathematics AS
The pilot GCE Use of Mathematics is distinct from GCE Mathematics and is designed to encourage more students to continue their mathematics studies post-16. Students now have the opportunity to pursue practical and relevant mathematics courses to the same level as traditional GCE Mathematics.
Use of Mathematics, and the constituent Free-Standing Mathematics Qualifications (FSMQ) courses of which it is composed, were developed to enable the study of mathematical topics in practical, real-life contexts. As Professor Adrian Smith stated in his 2004 report into Mathematics 14-19, students involved in FSMQ courses recognise the relevance of the mathematics as they model the real world and develop skills which are readily transferable to either the real world or to their other studies.
Mathematics AS / A2
Last updated: 12 July 2011