Mathematics & Further Mathematics

Course aims

The Maths A level course builds upon number, ratio and proportion, algebra, shape space and measure and statistics and probability from GCSE and splits into 3 key strands. All students will be assessed on their knowledge of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics at the end of the course.
  • algebra and functions
  • coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
  • trigonometry
  • statistical sampling
  • data presentation and interpretation
  • probability
  • quantities and units in mechanics
  • kinematics, forces
  • Newton’s laws and moments.

Entry requirements:

Students are required to have a Grade 7 in Mathematics GCSE  and an aptitude for algebra is vital along with resilient approach to learning. Students who achieve a Grade 6 will be considered, but through teacher recommendation. For external students we will contact their current school to ensure suitability for the course. Those only achieving the minimum requirements need to be realistic about the grade they might achieve at A level as the difficulty level and grade boundaries increase significantly from GCSE.

For Further Mathematis, students should have achieved a Grade 7 in Mathematics GCSE as a minimum qualification.

Addition information

Further Maths goes into much more breadth and depth. For the compulsory units of Core Pure, students study further proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions and differential equations. There are then optional units that the school choose which are further Mechanics and Decision Maths.

Some universities require Further Mathematics for particular courses but even those where it is not required, it is extremely desirable. Students studying Further Mathematics must also study A Level Mathematics. Therefore, Mathematics will be studied in two option blocks and will lead to two separate A Levels. For particularly able mathematicians, this could be considered as a fourth subject and we can also discuss the potential of taking this as an AS level.

Summer Work

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Summer WorkMathsStaff Contact:Mrs E Taylor

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