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Further Mathematics EDEXCEL A Level 3 at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys

Course description

Why study Mathematics or Further Mathematics A level?

Studying Mathematics will:

  • provide a stimulating and challenging course;
  • develop key employability skills such as problem-solving, logical reasoning, communication and resilience;
  • increase knowledge and understanding of mathematical techniques and their applications;
  • support the study of other A level subjects;
  • provide excellent preparation for a wide range of university courses; lead to a versatile qualification that is well-respected by employers and higher education.

What is covered in A level Mathematics?

All of the content in the AS/A level Mathematics qualification is compulsory and is the same for all examination boards.

Pure Mathematics (66%)

methods and techniques which underpin the study of all other areas of mathematics, such as, proof, algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and vectors.

Statistics (17%)

statistical sampling, data presentation and probability leading to the study of statistical distributions

Mechanics (17%)

the study of the physical world, modelling the motion of objects and the forces acting on them.

Students will be taught by 2 different teachers. Regular homework is set. Each teacher will expect students to spend at least two hours on these assignments per week.

All students, who are considering doing a Mathematics, Science or Engineering degree or who are predicted to gain a grade 8 or 9 in GCSE Mathematics should seriously consider pursuing the Further Mathematics course.

What is Further Mathematics?

  • Further Mathematics is an additional A level qualification taken alongside A level Mathematics.
  • It is designed to stretch and challenge able mathematicians and prepare them for university courses in mathematics and related quantitative and scientific subjects.

What is covered in Further Mathematics?

  • Pure Mathematics content, making up at least 50% of the A level.
  • The remainder of the content is made up of options which include:

Additional Pure Mathematics

Additional Statistics and/or Mechanics

Discrete / Decision Mathematics

It will be possible to provide more information regarding the options we will be teaching at The Langton at the Sixth Form Open Evening.

Entry requirements

Grade 8 in GCSE Maths guarantees a place on this course.  

Please note that applicants must also meet our overall entry requirements of 8 GCSE passes at grade 9 - 5.‚Äč

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement an Advanced GCE in Mathematics or as part of the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Further Mathematics, which will support entry to higher education in areas of Mathematics, Electronics, Economics, Physics or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Mathematics such as an Accountant, Engineer or Teacher. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the economic and engineering sectors. You could take this course with an Advanced GCE in Mathematics to support entry to higher education in areas Mathematics, related areas such as Electronics, Economics, Physics or more general higher education courses.

With further training, you could go into a job related to Mathematics such as an Accountant, Engineer or Financial Adviser. The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the economic and engineering sectors.

Further information

There will be a presentation on this course at our Sixth Form Open Evening in February.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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