Further Mathematics A Level at Wyke Sixth Form College
This course is for you if you are confident of achieving a very high grade at GCSE Maths. It is designed for students who really enjoy Mathematics and want to widen their experience. It both deepens and broadens Mathematical knowledge and develop a wide range of ideas alongside A level Mathematics. In particular, the course is highly suitable for students who wish to study Mathematics or Engineering at a Russell Group University.
The new A Level course is made up of a prescribed core of pure maths topics and a series of units chosen to meet our student’s needs.
All exams are in the summer of your second year. This course is more difficult than A Level Maths, it explores a wider range of mathematical topics, some of which will be completely different to what you have covered before, and it demands a robust approach to mathematical techniques and notation.
The pure Maths units introduce ideas such as complex numbers and matrices, building on the Algebra, graphs and Trigonometry from GCSE, and A Level Maths. Further Maths takes forward ideas such as complex numbers and matrices introduced in the first year, and introduces ideas such as differential equations. It also expands the algebraic and calculus work of A Level Mathematics. While many of the ideas you will meet in pure maths are interesting in their own right, they also serve as an important foundation for other branches of maths, especially mechanics and statistics.
The units we offer are reviewed regularly to meet the needs of our students.
The new syllabus will offer a range of options from the more in-depth study of pure topics to the expansion of the applied ideas covered in the A level Mathematics course.
Each group is taught by a specialist maths teacher each year. This means students have one teacher for the further maths A Level, another for their A Level Maths lessons. These classes are paired together , so the class for the Further Mathematics is the same group of students as the A level Mathematics. This allows us to avoid overlap in the delivery and adapt the curriculum to suit both courses.
Support outside lessons is available, both informally and formally. Regular “maths clinic” sessions are run during the college week and all of the department are available for support at lunchtime.
Having a qualification in Further Mathematics in addition to your A level Mathematics will give you an advantage in a variety of careers and is critical for some degrees.
The greater experience of the sophisticated algebraic, statistical and mechanical ideas will increase your ability to succeed in Higher Education courses which make use of this level of Mathematics. These courses or careers include: Maths, Engineering, Physics, Computing and ICT.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyke Sixth Form College directly.