Mathematics (Further) A Level

Overview

Mathematics (Further) leads to two A Levels in Mathematics. It includes a number of additional topics, including Discrete. It raises students’ awareness of different aspects of Mathematics in preparation for university.

Some students decide during their first year at College that they are interested in a Mathematics or a related degree course. They may then have the opportunity to add Mathematics (Further) to their 2nd year programme to enhance their application to university.

What goes well with this course?

Mathematics goes well with every subject and it is probably the most marketable of all subjects. There are good economic reasons for studying Mathematics and it is difficult to think of any further education course or career where it would not be welcomed in combination with other subjects.

Progression

A Level Further Mathematics is welcomed as a qualification for a variety of Higher Education courses.

A Mathematics (Further) qualification is required for some subjects, such as Mathematics, Engineering and Physics, and useful for others, such as Biochemistry and Economics.

Many Mathematics graduates go on to work in Accountancy, Computing, Engineering, Management or Teaching.

Course Content

Mathematics (Further) develops the ideas covered in A Level Mathematics but in greater depth.  The course covers Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.

Pure Mathematics develops the ideas met at GCSE, such as Algebra, Graphs, and Trigonometry, alongside new topics such and Calculus and Matrices. Statistics is the study of data and Mechanics is the study of Statics and dynamics of objects under various forces  - Statistics is the study of data.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Mathematics (Further) students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • the opportunity to participate in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge
  • a visit to the Institute of Education in London to attend a variety of lectures on Mathematics

Assessment

There is no coursework, this subject is 100% exam.

Students are assessed by four 1.5 hour papers at the end of the 2nd year. All papers are calculator.

The exam board for this A Level is Edexcel.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:

  • Grade 7 in Maths and average score of 6.5

The approach and pace refelct the fact that most Mathematics (Further) will have achieved Grade 7 or above in most subjects at GCSE.

Students must have a keen interest in Mathematics and a strong aptitude for Algebra. the course is taught at a faster pace than Mathematics. Students will probably be planning to apply for a Mathematics related course at university.

 

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2017

The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level in Further Mathematics information leaflet.

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