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Mathematics - Further Mathematics - A-Level at Kingsbridge Community College

Course description

The structure is similar to the Mathematics course: the bulk of the course is spent on the study of pure Mathematics and the remaining third is a combination of different applied subjects: Decision, Mechanics and Statistics.

You might be surprised just how attractive a mathematics qualification is to many employers, colleges and universities. Why do these people place such importance on maths? The answer is that it really is true that mathematical skills are of genuine, practical use in almost every area of modern life. Employers and course providers know that a good maths qualification is a strong indicator of the possession of highly desirable attributes.

Students that have gained at least a B at GCSE grade in Mathematics can go onto study AS and A2 GCE courses in Mathematics. We also offer Further Mathematics as an A Level which must be taken with Mathematics. Both of these courses involve the study of Pure Mathematics together with one or more of the applications Statistics, Mechanics, and Decision Mathematics.

Pure Mathematics

When studying Pure Mathematics you will be extending your knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry as well as learning some new ideas such as calculus. If you enjoyed the challenge of problem solving at GCSE using such mathematical techniques, then you should find the prospect of studying Pure Mathematics very appealing. Although many of the ideas you will meet in Pure Mathematics are interesting in their own right they also serve as an important foundation for other branches of Mathematics, especially Mechanics and Statistics.

Mechanics

When you study Mechanics you will learn how to model mathematically the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them, from cars in the street to satellites revolving around a planet. Many of the ideas you will meet in the course form an essential introduction to such important modern fields of study as cybernetics, robotics, biomechanics and sports science, as well as the more traditional areas of engineering and physics.

Statistics

When you study Statistics you will learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data in order to arrive at conclusions about it. You will extend and build on the ideas of probability that you encountered at GCSE. Many of the ideas that you will meet in this course have applications in a wide range of other fields – from assessing what your car insurance is going to cost to how likely the earth is going to be hit by a comet in the next few years.

Decision Mathematics (available in Further Mathematics only)

Decision Mathematics will be an entirely new subject for most students. In it you will investigate problems such as how to find the shortest route between two locations on a complicated map, or what kinds of shape can be drawn without lifting your pen from the paper or going over the same line twice. You will study a range of methods, or algorithms, which enable such problems to be tackled. Many of these problems and their algorithms are of recent origin. Ideas studied on this course have many important applications to such different problems as the design of circuits on microchips to the scheduling of tasks required to build a new supermarket.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C including English and Maths. Students are expected to select a minimum of 4 AS subjects in Year 12 and continue to follow a minimum of 3 subjects to A2 in Year 13. 

Grade A in GCSE Mathematics. Students must also study AS or A2 Mathematics at the same time.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingsbridge Community College directly.

Last updated date: 07 April 2015

Key information

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

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