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You will develop an understanding of advanced mathematical techniques and of coherence, connectedness and progression in mathematics.

On this course you will further develop an understanding of advanced mathematics and appreciate some of its powerful applications. Importantly, you will practice using these techniques in difficult, unstructured problems. You will practice the learning skills necessary for successful further academic study or employment, including persistence, effort, listening to and working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time.

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

An A-level in further mathematics will help you access university to study for a BSc in mathematics or a range of scientific or analytical subjects. 

 

What I'll learn

You will be following the 2017 AQA specification:

Year 1:

  • Further pure core mathematics
  • Two of decision mathematics, statistics and mechanics (to be decided)


Year 2:

  • Further pure core mathematics
  • Two of decision mathematics, statistics and mechanics (to follow year 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, of course, but your sustained effort and application will make the biggest impact on your ultimate success on this course.

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.

You will develop an understanding of advanced mathematical techniques and of coherence, connectedness and progression in mathematics. Importantly, you will practice using these techniques in difficult, unstructured problems.

By the end of the course, you will have benefited from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.

 

Entry Requirements

All A-level students must have six C grades in academic subjects at GCSE, including English and maths, at grade 5, but 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 course by invitation only in September. A-level further mathematics is hard, but it rewards hard work.

With three A-levels there are many possibilities. You can progress to higher education to study at degree level.

 

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.)

Printed application forms are also available on request by calling us on 0800 612 6008 or visiting us at one of our college Advice Centres.

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