Mathematics (Further) AS/A2 Level 3 at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School
What is the course about?
The Accelerated Mathematics route is the full A Level Mathematics course taken in Year 12 which, if completed successfully( garde B or above), leads to the studying of GCE Further Mathematics in year 13. The new A2 Mathematics course is completed in 1 year with the students studying 2 Pure Maths elements and 1 Mechanics and Statistics element. In Year 13 students study the Further Maths specification of two Further Pure elements and two Further Maths options of mechanics, statistics or decision maths.
For whom is the course suitable?
The Accelerated Mathematics course is suitable for the most able students that achieve grade 8 or 9 at GCSE and are able to work at pace and independently.
Teaching Methods and Homework commitment
Our Further Mathematicians must show serious commitment to the course and work at a fast pace whilst being proactive in consulting a member of the department to help with any problem areas. Students can take advantage of maths trips to popular mathematics lectures which motivate further study and increase enjoyment of the subject. They are expected to read about mathematics including popular books about maths to enrich their mathematical life. Homework will largely be a series of problems from the textbook or past papers and will be set every lesson. Classwork exercises need to be completed in addition to the homework set.
What could I go on to do at the end of the course?
Mathematics can lead you into many different fields and in a quote “Without mathematics there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics” (Shakuntala Devi). With Further Maths you can choose to do anything. Areas to consider are Mathematics, Engineering, Economics, Maths and Finance, Maths and Philosophy, Operational research, Actuarial science, Accountancy and Banking.
Method of Study and Assessment:
Accelerated Mathematics (Year 12 Course)
The method of assessment is via three examinations. Each paper is 2 hours long and accounts for 33.3% of the A level course.
Paper 1 Pure Maths
Algebra and functions, Co-ordinate geometry, Trigonometry and exponentials and logarithms
Paper 2 Pure Maths
Calculus, Series, Vectors, proof and numerical methods
Paper 3 Statistics and Mechanics
Statistical sampling, Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical distributions, Statistical hypothesis testing, Kinematics and Forces, Newton’s laws,moments and hypothesis testing
Further Mathematics (Year 13 Course)
The method of assessment of Further Mathematics is via four examination. Each paper is of 1½ hours duration and account for 25% of the A-level.
Paper 1 – Further Pure
Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, calculus, vectors
Paper 2– Further Pure
Complex numbers, Further calculus, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations
Paper 3–Further Statistics or Decision
Hypothesis testing, Chi squared tests
Paper 4-Further Mechanics or Decision
Elastic strings and springs
Linear programming, critical path analysis
Website URL: For more information please go to http://www.ccgrammarschool.co.uk
See Prospectus on school website for details
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School directly.