Further Mathematics

Course Information

Any student wishing to take Further Mathematics would also have to take Mathematics as another option. Students thinking about studying a degree at university with a significant mathematical content are advised to consider this course. As well as developing an even greater range of skills in the core modules, it also allows students to experience a greater range of applied modules.

The Further Mathematics Specification does not change until September 2016 which means that this course remains the same as last year. Students are able to study for an AS qualification in Year 12 and continue this course in Year 13 to gain an A2 qualification. In September 2016 the course change will only apply to students in Year 12, and the current course will continue to run for students in Year 13.

AS Further Mathematics comprises of three modules; Further Pure 1, Decision 1 and Statistics 1. Further Pure 1 includes extra ideas, skills and techniques that are not covering in AS Mathematics, for example, matrices and complex numbers. Decision 1 is a self-study module, supported by staff where required. It covers optimising solutions to network problems, for example, what is the best route for a driver to take to deliver all his parcels in the minimum distance or time. Statistics 1 is the same unit as for the Mathematics AS and covers probability and data handling. All of these modules are assessed as separate written papers in June 2016.

Students progressing to the full A Level course will study a further 3 modules in year 13; Further Pure 2, Statistics 2 and either Mechanics 3 or Decision 2. In these modules new mathematical skills and techniques are introduced and further developed. All of these modules are assessed as separate written papers in June 2017.

Entry Requirements

In order for a student to gain success in this course, they would need to be a confident mathematician, usually having gained an A* in the GCSE. With this is mind, the entry requirement is A*, or a very high A from a predicted A*.

For progression from AS to A2 students need to have gained at least a C grade at AS.

Career Pathway

Mathematics underpins the study of any science, technology, engineering or mathematics subject within higher education.

Degree courses in Automotive Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Economics, Marine Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering and Physics.

Should you like to receive any additional information on this course please contact

Mrs Jen Wells – Learning Lead
jwells@newent.gloucs.sch.uk

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