# Further Mathematics A Level at Colston's Girls' School

## Course description

Why study Further Maths?

It is a challenging qualification, which both extends and deepens your knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A Level Mathematics.

Any student capable of passing an AS/A Level in Mathematics should also be able to pass AS Further Mathematics. Studying Further Mathematics consolidates and reinforces your standard A Level Mathematics work, helping you to achieve your best possible grades. Students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to such degrees far more straightforward.

Further Mathematics qualifications are highly regarded and are warmly welcomed by universities.

Students who take Further Mathematics are really demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies, as well as learning mathematics that is very useful for any mathematically rich degree. Some prestigious university courses require you to have a Further Mathematics qualification and others may adjust their grade requirements more favourably to students with Further Mathematics.

## Course content

New A levels in Mathematics will be taught from September 2017. These are designed to follow on from the new Mathematics GCSE which will be first examined in summer 2017. All of the A level content will be examined at the end of the course. AS and A levels have been decoupled so that, while students can sit an AS level halfway through the two-year course the grade awarded at AS will not be counted towards the full A level grade. AS level qualification will carry UCAS points as long as the full A level is not awarded.

## Entry requirements

6 C grades and above plus grade A/8 at GCSE Mathematics.

## Assessment

AS Level Mathematics:

Paper 1 – Further Pure Mathematics 1. 1.5 hour written examination. 50% of total qualification.

Paper 2 – Further Mathematics Options. 1.5 hour written examination. 50% of total qualification. Students choose 1 of 4 options from – Further Pure Mathematics 2, Further Statistics, Further Mechanics and Further Decision Mathematics.

A Level Further Mathematics:

Paper 1 – Further Pure Mathematics 1. 1.5 hour written examination. 25% of total qualification

Paper 2 – Further Pure Mathematics 2. 1.5 hour written examination. 25% of total qualification

Paper 3 – Further Mathematics Option 1. 1.5 hour written examination. 25% of total qualification. Students choose from Further Mathematics 3, Further Statistics 1, Further Mechanics 1 and Further Decision Mathematics 1.

Paper 4 - Further Mathematics Option 2. 1.5 hour written examination. 25% of total qualification. Students choose from Further Mathematics 4, Further Statistics 2, Further Mechanics 2 and Further Decision Mathematics 2.

## Future opportunities

If you are planning to take a degree such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/ Economics, or perhaps Mathematics itself, you will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics, at least to AS Level. AS Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many STEM degrees.

This subject has been chosen by students who are considering Mathematics or STEM based degrees. Many of the top universities require Further Mathematics at least to AS Level for Engineering. These students have gone onto study Mathematics at university at UCL, Edinburgh and Bristol.

## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colston's Girls' School directly.