Mathematics is an inherent part of everyday life, whether used knowingly or indirectly. Mathematicians look at things and use the language of maths to understand and justify what they see, resolving problems and improving by the use of mathematical modelling.
The A Level Mathematics course is both demanding and stimulating. The subject complements all sciences, Geography, Psychology, Economics and Business Studies well and is a good contrasting subject to modern languages. The analysis and problem solving skills employed transfer to many other areas and enhance the study of these subjects.
The numbers on the course have grown over recent years, mirroring the national picture, as students appreciate the value of the course in their future career paths and aspirations.
We follow the Edexcel specification.
In the first year you will build on core GCSE knowledge and extend into new areas:
In the second year you will use the foundation topics above to study:
At the end of the first year you will sit an internal examination to determine progression to Year 13, or an AS examination if considering dropping Mathematics (for students studying four subjects only). The AS examination consists of two papers:
Paper 1: Pure Maths (2 hours)
Paper 2: Statistics and Mechanics (1 hour 15 minutes)
At the end of the second year you will sit three 2 hour papers:
Paper 1: Pure Maths
Paper 2: Pure Maths
Paper 3: Mechanics and Statistics
Minimum 66555 including Level 6 in Mathematics GCSE.
Further Mathematics will give you a greater insight into the beauty of mathematics and how the structures of the different topics fit together. It also shows how it can be applied, even from quite abstract beginnings. The A Level Further Mathematics course is not just for those who enjoy mathematics or who want to go on and study it at university, it is also highly recommended for anyone who might want to take a degree at a top university in Physics, the natural sciences, Engineering, Computing, Economics and more.
Students choosing A Level Further Mathematics must also choose A Level Mathematics. You will be taught both Mathematics and Further Mathematics separately from other Mathematics students. In Year 12, you will study all the content listed in Mathematics, leading to the completion of A Level Mathematics at the end of the first year. There is some flexibility in the specification for Further Mathematics including Further Pure Mathematics, Statistics, Mechanics and Discrete Mathematics.
The ability to complete A Level Mathematics in Year 12 is a valuable asset to students intending to study not only mathematics at university; candidates for competitive degree courses such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science will also find it highly beneficial to have achieved an A or A* in A Level Mathematics before they submit their UCAS form.
We follow the Edexcel specification.
Topics included in the new Further Mathematics specification include:
You will sit four 1 hour 30 minute exams, all taken at the end of the second year:
Paper 1: Pure Mathematics
Paper 2: Pure Mathematics
Paper 3: One option chosen from Further Pure Mathematics, Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Mathematics
Paper 4: One option chosen from Further Pure Mathematics, Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Mathematics
Minimum 76555 including minimum Level 7 in Mathematics GCSE.
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