AS Level Mathematics/English

Why should I study an additional AS?

To complement your three A Levels, you can also study either AS English or Maths. This is in order to can gain an understanding of these core subject areas without the need to complete a full A Level. Universities will only make offers based on the completion of three A Levels.

You can still also study for an AS Level in the Extended Project Qualification (see the Extended Project Qualification Page for further information). 

What will I need to study an additional AS?

The English, Maths or EPQ AS Levels are open to all of our students after discussion with the relevant Heads of Department. 

Structure and outline of the course

AS English

Poetry and Drama

  • Poetry: Students will study a wide range of modern poetry (The text, currently Poets of the Decade, is also taught in preparation for responding to a post-2000 unseen poem at A Level).
  • Drama: One play, either a comedy or tragedy, to be studied from a list set by the board e.g. Waiting for Godot, The Rover. (Currently studying Dr Faustus).


  • Two prose texts on a connecting theme e.g. Childhood: What Maisie Knew, Henry James; Hard Times, Charles Dickens. (Currently Studied: Women and Society:
    Tess of the D’Urbervilles: Thomas Hardy and Mrs Dalloway: Virginia Woolf).


AS Mathematics

There are three modular examinations, two in Pure Mathematics and one in Applications

  • Pure Mathematics develops and expands on the work in algebra, geometry, graphs, coordinates and trigonometry first encountered in the GCSE course. Calculus is introduced.  There is less numerical work; a genuine feel for algebra and a real familiarity with all its techniques are vital for success.
  • Applications is designed to encourage a mathematically analytical approach to practical situations and to develop mathematical models in both Statistics and Mechanics.

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