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Further Mathematics A Level at South Wiltshire UTC

Course description

As the name suggests, Further Maths is a option that allows students who know they want mathematical skills as a key part of their future career to take two A Levels in the subject.

This can give you an advantage when applying to top universities, especially in degree subjects that have a significant Maths content, for example Engineering, Computing and Physics.

The way that it works is that instead of taking A Level Maths over two years (see the A Level Maths subject guide) you do the AS and A2 Maths in Year 12, giving you a full A Level in one year.

You then progress to additional Maths units in Year 13 that allow you to achieve a second AS (if you take three units) or a full additional A Level (if you take six units). So:

Year 12:
AS Maths plus A2 Maths to give one A Level

Year 13:
AS Further Maths plus (if you want) A2 Further Maths to give a second A Level.

Entry requirements

You must have gained an A* or A in GCSE Maths in order to show that you will be able to cope with the very demanding schedule of Further Maths A Level and we’d also expect you to have done very well in Physics. We will consider students with a B grade for the two-year Maths A Level while students interested in a Maths qualification to support other subjects who do not have an A* or A at GCSE should consider whether the Level 3 Certificate in Quantitative Problem Solving would suit their needs better.

Assessment

All assessment is through end of course exams and there is no coursework mark.

The AS examinations cover 3 units and in at least one the use of calculators is not allowed. A further three units are taken in A2 examinations to complete the A Level.

Future opportunities

Maths is valued as an entry qualification for almost all university subjects and mathematical abilities help secure good careers across a wide range of occupations including becoming engineers, scientists, bankers, accountants, computer scientists, environmental scientists, geologists, transport engineers and many more. Further Maths demonstrates your strong commitment to a mathematical occupation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wiltshire UTC directly.

Last updated date: 28 July 2015
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