Maths & Further Maths *FEES PAYABLE* at Canford School
Alone among all the other subjects, Maths is a three module subject. The
AS and A Level syllabuses split into obligatory core modules in pure
mathematics plus a number of optional applied modules. Three
modules (two core and one applied) make an AS Level and a further
three modules (two core and one applied) complete your A2.
In the core modules you cover the Pure Maths techniques used to solve
mathematical problems: solving equations, manipulating algebra,
trigonometry, drawing graphs and vectors are some of the familiar topics
that you will meet in greater depth. Amongst the new material, you will
learn about Calculus, which is Newton's famous discovery used in almost every area of continuous mathematics: whenever a measurable value
changes, its change can be analysed by Calculus.
The applied modules split into Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Maths.
Mechanics considers how the behaviour of real objects can be predicted
by solving equations. You will find this helps, and is helped by, Physics
Statistics covers the elementary ideas of extracting information from
data: an essential requirement if you have any ambition to understand
properly what you read in newspapers or use efficiently the information
available on the Internet. Statistics is also an essential ingredient in the
advanced study of financial systems and Economics.
Decision Maths is unlike other school Mathematics. It concerns the
study of areas where decisions can be made on a mathematical basis.
(e.g. critical path analysis to make a process more efficient, and using
random number models to simulate behaviour in the real world.)
Further Maths is an additional AS level and A2 which is designed to
stretch and interest good mathematicians. Based on the same modular
system, it requires three modules for the AS and six for the full A2.
There is some choice in the modules, much of which we teach in a more
tutorial fashion. It is invaluable if you hope to study university
Mathematics, and is of great benefit to anyone considering a highly
numerate degree like Economics, Engineering or Physics. It counts as an
additional subject for university entrance. Further Maths is studied
alongside Mathematics. It is not a separate subject in the Lower Sixth. In
both the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth, you will take some additional
lessons in your spare lesson block in order to complete all six (or
possibly even more) modules for the Further Maths A2.
You should expect to get a good A or an A* in GCSE or IGCSE. If you think there is doubt about this, you should speak to your Maths teacher.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Canford School directly.