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Mathematics and Further Mathematics A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

Pure Mathematics, Mechanics, Statistics and Discrete units are prefixed by C, M, S and D respectively.

AS MATHEMATICS
3 Units: C1, C2 and S1

A2 MATHEMATICS
6 Units: C1, C2, C3, C4, Statistics 1 and Mechanics 1

AS FURTHER MATHEMATICS
3 Units: FP1 and two other applied units

A2 FURTHER MATHEMATICS
6 Units: FP1, FP2 and four other units

Methods of Assessment:
All units are assessed by 90 minute examination papers taken in June of Year 12 and June of Year 13.

Further Mathematics – GCE A Level

This option is taken up by around twenty students. Over the course of two years they study 12 or 9 modules according to whether they want to take A Level Maths plus A Level Further Maths or plus AS Further Maths. The extra modules go further with each branch of the subject (Core Maths, Statistics and Mechanics). The students have ten lessons of Maths per week (all together). They take AS Maths and AS Further Maths in Year 12 and A2 Maths and A2 Further Maths in Year 13.

Entry requirements

We prefer that students have covered as much of the Higher Tier syllabus as possible and obtained Grade A or above. Students starting advanced courses who expect in Year 11 to obtain a grade B or even a low grade A in GCSE Maths must be prepared to undertake a significant amount of preparatory work during the summer of Year 11 prior to starting their course in Year 12. Preparatory work will be posted out to students in July of Year 11 and collected by staff at the start of Year 12.

Future opportunities

Mathematics qualifications are eagerly sought by students, and support their entry to a very wide range of careers and university courses. If students decide to take Mathematics further than GCSE it is important that they enjoy the subject and are prepared for the challenges that it provides. Any student considering taking Mathematics in the Sixth Form should consult their Year 11 Maths teacher about their suitability for the course. Students taking Further Mathematics have enjoyed the course a great deal and gone forward with much enhanced career prospects. A high proportion has gained entry to leading universities. Those students who are intending to take AS Physics should note that they will not take a Mechanics module in Mathematics until Year 13.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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