A Level Further Maths
Students will be encouraged to:
- develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment
- develop ability to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning, to generalise and to construct mathematical proofs
- extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems
- develop an understanding of coherence and progression in mathematics and of how different areas of mathematics can be connected
- recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between real world problems and standard and other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved
- use mathematics as an effective means of communication
- read and comprehend mathematical arguments and articles concerning applications of mathematics
- acquire the skills needed to use technology such as calculators and computers effectively, recognise when such use may be inappropriate and be aware of limitations
- develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general
- take increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development
What does it involve?
This is a double A level in mathematics, which is awarded on 12 units, of which 6 units lead to Mathematics and 6 units to Further Mathematics. It is for able mathematicians.
The units to be studied for the Mathematics A level will be the 4 units of the Core Course in Pure Mathematics (C1, C2, C3 and C4), Mechanics (M1) and Statistics (S1).
The units to be studied for the Further Mathematics A level will be the 3 units of Further Pure Mathematics (FP1, FP2 and FP3) and 3 applications units to be chosen from Mechanics (M2, M3, M4), Statistics (S2) and Decision Mathematics (D1)
Students taking Mathematics and Further Mathematics are taught their pure mathematics with those taking Pure Mathematics and they are taught their applications on their own. If you wish to take Mathematics and Further Mathematics, then you will opt for Pure Mathematics and Further Mathematics from the Year 12 Option Groups.
How is it assessed?
The work for Further Mathematics is covered in Year 13 so that whilst AS Further Mathematics is possible, it can only be studied in Year 13, unlike all other AS courses.
For Mathematics and Further Mathematics, the units to be taken will be
- Year 1 June, C1, C2, C3, M1 and S1, allowing AS Mathematics to be awarded on C1, C2 and M1 or S1.
- Year 2 January, C4, M2 plus one other application (M3 or S2)
- Year 2 June, FP1, FP2, FP3, plus one other application
Are there any specific entry requirements?
Students who wish to take Mathematics and Further Mathematics in the sixth form should have taken the Higher Tier at GCSE and have gained a grade A.