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Further Mathematics A Level at Wyke Sixth Form College

Course description

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.

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

- At Wyke all students receive a face to face application interview to the College before their GCSE results
and also a face to face enrolment interview following their GCSE results – therefore individual’s unique
circumstances can be considered – the criteria presented are for automatic enrolment only.
- Grade 5 in GCSE is seen as a good grade C
- For A level courses it is expected that students will achieve grade 5 or higher in English and Maths GCSE (by
2019 it is likely that many universities will require achievement at this level).
- Any student not achieving at least a 4 in Maths is required to resit this course
- In addition to an English and Maths GCSE a minimum of 3 other GCSE subjects at grade C or above are
required for level 3 study
- Each level 3 courses has individual entry requirements which are detailed
- Vocational courses at level 3 can be accessed with grade 4 in GCSE English
- Vocational level 2 courses are considered only for progression within that vocational subject area 

Assessment

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.

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 09 November 2016

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