Further Maths AS/ A2 at Dixons City Academy
Year 12 AS Outline
All candidates will cover 3 modules: Decision Mathematics 1 (D1), Further Pure Mathematics 1 (FP1) and Statistics 2 (S2) all examined in June at the end of Year 12.
The Core modules are a mixture of pure mathematics topics and applications of mathematics, not just extensions of the ordinary mathematics AS/A level (e.g. complex numbers).
Occasionally students have taken up an AS in Further Maths in Year 13, dependent on the timetable availability, which can be a big advantage to them when applying to University with mathematical based courses.
Year 13 A2 Outline
Candidates will cover the remaining 3 modules which are: Statistics 3 (S3), Further Pure Mathematics 2 (FP2) and Mechanics 2 (M2) all examined in June at the end of Year 13. Re-sits from any of the modules covered in Year 12 can be taken at this time too.
Candidates must have followed the GCSE Higher course and must achieve an A* grade due to the extremely difficult nature of this subject at A Level. You should have a flair as well as enjoyment for mathematics. You must also like the challenge of harder questions and be prepared to persevere. Students study Further Mathematics alongside Mathematics; you cannot study Further Mathematics by itself.
Each module is assessed by a one hour thirty minute examination.
An A Level in Further Mathematics is useful for a wide range of careers and university as it is a facilitating subject. To study a degree in Mathematics, Engineering or Physical Sciences you do not need to have Further Mathematics, but it is a distinct advantage when applying. Indeed some offers may be reduced for students who have studied the subject.
The Russell Group report ‘Informed Choices’ states that Further Mathematics is useful for Actuarial Science/Studies; Aeronautical Engineering; Biochemistry; Biomedical Sciences (including Medical Science); Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Computing; Dentistry; Electrical/Electronic Engineering; Engineering (General); Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Medicine; Optometry (Ophthalmic Optics); Physics; and Veterinary Science. Some universities have said that the offer they make for these type of degrees is lower for students studying Further Mathematics than for those who just study Mathematics A Level.
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How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dixons City Academy directly.