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Mathematics (Further) AS/A2 Level 3 at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School

Course description

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




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Entry requirements

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.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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