Further Mathematics AS/A-Level at Highams Park School
On the Mathematics AS/A2 Level course you will study 2 units of pure mathematics and either one unit of mechanics or one unit of statistics during year 12, all to AS level. During Year 13 you will study another 2 units of pure mathematics and a second unit of either mechanics or statistics. On the Further Mathematics AS/A2 Level course students follow an accelerated course studying the 6 units mentioned above in Year 12 and then study a further 6 units in Year 13. Students need to discuss with their teacher which ones are appropriate. You will gain 2 A-levels from this course if you take the further mathematics course.
You will need to be genuinely interested in mathematics and have mastered the knowledge, understanding and skills required at GCSE mathematics higher level. To do well and cope with A level further mathematics, students need to have achieved an A* or A grade at GCSE. Mathematics is not an easy option at A level but it is a valuable, worthwhile and interesting qualification that opens many doors for further studies or career choices.
Mathematics is one of the most fundamental and general subjects that you can study. Although it may sometimes be difficult to see immediately the relevance of maths to a future career, and perhaps to subjects you intend to study later, maths in fact gives you a grounding for any subject and is itself a prerequisite for many others. For a degree in maths, statistics, physics, engineering or actuarial science, for example, you will almost certainly have to have a good maths A level and, for some subjects, possibly a further maths A level. However there are many degrees which do not specify any particular subjects they wish you to have taken and, for many of these, maths will be an excellent choice. If you are thinking of looking for a job straight after A levels, maths is a great core subject. This is because the ability to understand and manipulate numbers and mathematical concepts is extremely useful for almost any job. In particular it is vital for careers involving finance, statistics, engineering, computers, teaching, medicine and accountancy. A report from the Times Educational Supplement stated that ‘Young people with A level maths earn 10 per cent more than their mathematically challenged counterparts.' You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Mathematics, which could lead onto higher education in areas of Mathematics, related areas such as Engineering, 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, Financial Adviser 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.
To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highams Park School directly.