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Mathematics - Further Mathematics - A-Level at Clevedon School

Course description

Double Mathematics consists of all of the elements of the A Level Mathematics course with the addition of more Pure Mathematics and some Decision Mathematics. It is particularly suited to those who get grade A or A* at GCSE and who wish to study mathematically strong subjects at degree level.

Course content

In addition to the modules for the A Level course there are 6 further units. Further Pure Mathematics 1 and 2, Mechanics 2 and 3 (or Further Pure Mathematics 3), Statistics 2 and Decision Mathematics 1.

In addition to the topics covered at A Level the following topics are studied in Further Mathematics:

  • Further Pure Mathematics - Series, complex numbers, numerical solution of equations, coordinate systems, matrix algebra, proof, inequalities, first and second order differential equations, Maclaurin and Taylor series.
  • Mechanics - Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane, centres of mass, work and energy, collisions, statics of rigid bodies, elastic strings and springs, motion in a circle, statics of rigid bodies.
  • Statistics - The Binomial and Poisson distributions, continuous random variables, continuous distributions, samples, hypothesis tests.
  • Decision Mathematics - Algorithms, algorithms on graphs, the route inspection problem, critical path analysis, linear programming, matchings.

To gain an A level and Further A Level in Mathematics 12 modules are studied.

In addition to those studied for A Level there are 6 further 1.5 hour exams.

  • Further Pure Mathematics 1 and 2
  • Mechanics 2 and 3 (or Further Pure Mathematics 3)
  • Statistics 2
  • Decision Mathematics 1

Entry requirements


In order to be admitted onto Level 3 courses, students should satisfy all the following requirements:

  • At the end of Year 11 secure a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C at GCSE.
  • Secured at least a grade B at GCSE in the subject that the student wishes to study at Post 16, or the same grade in a related subject where it has not been previously studied GCSE.
  • Have demonstrated, through their previous education career, the level of self-motivation and commitment required for Post 16 study.

NB. In exceptional cases one or more of the above requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Headteacher or his designated member of staff. The school reserves the right not to admit onto the requested course, despite meeting the above requirements, if on educational grounds it is not considered to be appropriate to the needs and ability of the student concerned.

Future opportunities

A Level Mathematics supports the progression into further education, training or employment in a variety of disciplines. Examples of careers which are supported by A Level Mathematics include Finance, Computing, Engineering, Statistics and Research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clevedon School directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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