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A-level Further Mathematics

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To continue to develop your maths problem-solving and analytical skills this course allows you to study further core areas.

On this course you will further develop an understanding of advanced mathematics and appreciate some of its powerful applications.

Further mathematics subjects include algebra and functions, sequences and series trigonometry followed by the study of decision maths.  

The course is studied alongside A-level Mathematics, with students accepted by invitation only in September.

What I'll learn

You will study the following topics: 

  • Unit 1 - Further pure maths 1
  • Unit 2 - Decision maths 1
  • Unit 3 - Decision maths 2
  • Unit 4 - Further pure maths 3
  • Unit 5 - Further pure maths 4
  • Unit 6 - Statistics 1 or mechanics 1

 

How I'll learn

You will learn through class teaching and discussion, group and individual classwork, regular directed homework, assessments, feedback and independent study. Challenge and support is provided, but your sustained effort and application will make the biggest impact on your ultimate success on this course.

Your Further Mathematics AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study. You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a group tutorial and they will help you set review and achieve your targets. 

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing.

We expect you to be fully committed to your studies, to attend all timetabled classes and to submit all directed homework. In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of individual subjects. There are many enrichment opportunities, which will enable you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.

 

How I'll be assessed

Formal assessment is through public examinations in June of Year 2 (three 120 minute papers).

Your progress will be assessed informally throughout, including through assessment tests, broadly twice each term. Your suitability to continue your studies into year 2 will be assessed by internal examinations in May/ June of Year 1.

 

Entry Requirements

All A-level students must have six C grades (or equivalent) in academic subjects at GCSE, including English and maths, at grade 5 (or equivalent), excluding PE, Dance, IT i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

There are subject specific criteria for some subjects. For mathematics, you will need GCSE Mathematics grade 7 or A or above. Exceptions are only considered subject to post-results interview.

Students enrolled to A-level mathematics are accepted onto the further mathematics course by invitation only in September. A-Level Further Mathematics is hard, but it rewards hard work.

 

How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.