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Further Mathematics A Level at Aylesbury Grammar School

Course description

This is a popular option for those with a strong aptitude for mathematics, who should have achieved A* at GCSE. This option results in a highly valued second Mathematics A Level. It is almost essential for anyone wishing to study the subject at university and is very useful for those going into a mathematically orientated subject such as Engineering or Physics.

Twelve modules are taken in total, six of which as described above go toward A Level Mathematics. The further six modules then go towards A Level Further Mathematics. Six modules are taken in each of Years 12 and 13.

Course content

Compulsory units Further Pure Maths 1 and 2 form the core of the qualification, with the other four modules taken from remaining Pure and Applied units. Whilst all candidates will start out aiming for 12 modules, other options may be possible such as taking 9 modules in total to gain AS Further Mathematics.

Teaching is normally shared by two teachers. Year 12 modules: C1, C2, FP1, M1, S1, D1 (or D2) Year 13 modules: C3, C4, FP2, M2, S2 + one other Although two qualifications will be gained, the course is delivered in slightly more than the teaching time for one subject.

Hence this is a demanding, yet very rewarding course, laying emphasis not only on the application of the subject but on studying mathematics for its own sake. If you are good at mathematics and are already aiming toward a maths related university course you should strongly consider taking the Further Maths option. You should discuss this with your mathematics teacher.

If you choose Further Mathematics as one of your core AS levels, you do not need to choose a Complementary Subject from List B. For those intending to apply for entry to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the extra work covered in Year 12 on the Further Mathematics course can be of considerable assistance and improves the chances of obtaining a place.

Entry requirements

an A* in GCSE Mathematics.

Assessment

Exam for each unit.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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