Further Maths



Entry Guidance:

5 GCSEs at grades A* to C or equivalent.
Grade A* at GCSE Higher Level Mathematics.  A grade A in GCSE maths will be considered on an individual basis.  The course will only run if a sufficient number of students express an interest.

Syllabus Outline:

Students opting for Further Maths will join a separate fast track group. Over the two years students will cover modules leading to the qualification of A level Maths AND AS/A level Further Mathematics.

Students taking this course have a variety of options available to them. In Year 12 the AS modules, as described in the AQA Specification, are covered at a faster pace. Students will take at least one of their modular examinations in the January session. By the end of Year 12 students will have completed the AS modules and a substantial part of the A2 modules. Students who choose to continue their studies in Year 13 will first complete the A2 modules before progressing to cover three AS Further Mathematics modules. This will involve one module in each of Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics. These modules extend the A2 topics and introduce new ones such as Complex numbers.  Students will be given the opportunity to cover an additional three Further Mathematics modules at A2 level. These modules will include two additional modules of Pure Mathematics and one module of Decision Mathematics.

Methods of Assessment:

In Year 12 students will complete three or four modular examinations as described in the AQA specification. Examinations will be taken in January and June. In Year 13 students will first complete the remaining A2 Mathematics modules before progressing to complete the Further Mathematics modular examinations.

General Comments:

Further Mathematics is a challenging and enjoyable course leading to an A level in Mathematics and AS/A qualification in Further Mathematics. This is a valuable qualification to obtain and would be suitable for students wishing to study Mathematics, Science, Engineering or related courses at University. Topics will be developed using a range of strategies. Effective use of the graphical calculator forms an important part of the course