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A Level - Further Mathematics at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy

Course description

If you want to prove that you can find the square root of a negative number or that all horses are the same colour or even that all men have one leg then this course is for you! You will also take D1 (decision maths) designed to solve real problems arising in modern commerceand industry. You will cover such enticing problems as 'The Chinese Postman' and 'The Travelling Salesman'. In addition you will take NM (numerical methods) which is a practical unit and includes some coursework involving the use ofspreadsheets.

For A2 Further Mathematics, taken in Year 13, you will take one more compulsory 'pure' unit, FP2 and two other units whichare agreed by negotiation.

There are many other reasons for you to take Further Mathematics:

  • Students taking Further Mathematics overwhelmingly find it to be an enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience
  • For someone who enjoys mathematics it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and/or more sophisticated mathematical concepts
  • It enables you to distinguish yourself as an able mathematician in the university and employment market.
  • It will make the transition to a mathematics related university course easier.

  • Entry requirements

    5 A*-C GCSEs including English and a Grade A in GCSE Maths

    How to apply

    If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy directly.

    Last updated date: 08 August 2014

    Key information

    • Start date: Next September
    • Duration: 2 years


    • More information
      • If you want to study in a large and vibrant Sixth From in a successful school, Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy could be for you. We offer a wide range of diverse, academic and vocational courses and personlaise each student's crriculum toensure they are successful in the most appropriate courses.                                                                                                       We have recently opened our brand new Sixth Form Independent Learning Centre which is purpose built for KS5 students to have apce for independent study.  <p>We are a supportive and inclusive Sixth Form which aims to promote academic achievement for all students. We aim to give students greater responsibility for their own learning and encourage students to make well informed decisions about their futures. We expect sixth formers to represent mature and respected role models to lower school students.

        <p>We have an active Sixth Form Council which organises Charity and Social events and has a say in decision making. All Sixth Form students benefit from advice from Connexions regarding University and vocational courses. Our team of experienced tutors assist with UCAS applications and help prepare students for work, interviews and life after Lord Lawson.
        <p>Lord Lawson Academy has state of the art facilities for sixth formers which include an exclusive (and brand new) Independent Learning Centre with access to high quality computers as well as a separate Sixth Form social block. We off er a broad and balanced curriculum with a wide variety of Level 3 qualifi cations and an experienced pastoral team to support and advise students in their studies and in the next stage of their career.

        <p>We offer taster days at Universities, work experience opportunities and provide links with businesses offering jobs.
        <p>In recent years we have reason to be very proud of the achievements of our sixth former students and last year nearly every student who wished to progress to University gained entry to a University of their choice. Three students gained entry to Oxbridge and the average grades of students who were taking 3 or more A Levels (or equivalent) was AAB. <p>In April 2013 Ofsted pronounced the Academy as securely “Good” and noted in particular that “The eff ectiveness of the Sixth Form is good and the vast majority of students go onto higher education, training, or employment.” They also reported that “Students are well known and the courses they take are well matched to their needs.”</p>

        <p>All in all we hope to ensure the success of all students with a strong pastoral care programme.