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Further Mathematics AS & A Level at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The aim of the course is to give you a very broad and in-depth mathematical experience. For example, in the normal A Level you may only do a little Statistics and Mechanics, but in Further Maths not only are these topics extended, you may also look at other areas of Maths such as Numerical Methods or Algorithms.

To gain an A Level in Further Mathematics you study a wide variety of topics, which you can find in more detail below. At the moment the new specification is not finalised yet but the course will cover aspects of Pure Maths, Statistics and Mechanics, with some optional elements. You can find detailed information on the website: www.mei.org.uk.

In addition to lectures and teacher support the course places an emphasis on self-study. We provide you with access to a website which is excellent for distance learning too. There are videos and worked examples on the website to help you learn. During the course there are several written assessments in addition to the verbal feedback that you receive from your teacher. All Maths staff run help sessions and support sessions to assist you when you need it.

Course content

Year 1
• Complex Numbers and Proof by Induction are both examples of Pure Maths topics in the first year. In addition, when you study Statistics, you may also look at topics such as Sampling and Bivariate Data.

Year 2
• Hyperbolic Functions and Further Matrices are both examples of topics you will study in the second year. In addition, when you study Mechanics, you may also look at topics such as Circular Motion and Hooke’s Law.
 

Entry requirements

Usually you'll need five or more A*-C (9-4) grades at GCSE, including maths and English. A new grade scale is in operation for maths and English which is numerical. The equivalent to a B grade will be a 6 and the equivalent to a C grade will be 5 for entry requirement purposes. For this subject you will also need to have gained at least a grade 7 in your Mathematics GCSE. Additionally, you must be studying A Level Mathematics. You will sit an assessment in the first two weeks of college to check your suitability for the course.

Assessment

The examining body that we use is MEI, which comes under the OCR group. This is an exam board specifically for Mathematics. It is intended that there be three exams at the end of the second year.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

Further Mathematics is a highly regarded A Level and many doors of opportunity are open to you if you gain a qualification in this subject. Many of our students go on to university to read subjects such as Engineering and Mathematics, but there are also students who use the qualification to give them an edge in gaining employment and/or apprenticeships.

Further information

NULC is a great environment for learning Mathematics. We have a highly dedicated team with vast experience of teaching A Level students. You will have opportunities to expand your study to different areas of Mathematics as you see your interests develop. We are able to offer a wide range of modules. It is worthwhile studying Further Maths for a variety of maths-based university courses, and it is essential for studying Maths and/or Engineering at some universities.

How do I find out more?

Please speak to Simon Ball or Simon May in the Mathematics Faculty for any further details:
simon.ball@nulc.ac.uk 01782 254624
simon.may@nulc.ac.uk 01782 254624

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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