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Further Mathematics AS level at The Becket School

Course description

Why Study Maths? Because it is amazing! Are you impressed by the way different topics link together? By the way that a difficult surd simplifies to an integer? By an angle in a diagram turning into another then another until you can label all sides and angles?

All students who choose to do A level Maths will explore Pure Maths for the beauty of it and for the possibilities it opens up within their specialism. For those who plan to do Geography, Biology Psychology and any other subject where a set of data needs to be analysed we recommend that you choose Maths with Statistics. However should your interest lie more in the Physical world of forces and particles, perhaps with a future career plan of engineering , we would recommend Maths with Mechanics. For those with a deep love of and interest in Maths, or those who wish to take Maths beyond school and to University we recommend Further Maths. As it involves two A levels it looks at all aspects of Maths and takes the study of it deeper and faster than the single A level.

The subject is a continuation of GCSE courses, using and extending skills learned and understood at that level. There is a large emphasis on Algebra and students taking this course should be confident in manipulation of equations and use of indices. If you need help in this area we run extra classes at lunchtime and after school so that you can improve to a level that will allow you to be successful at A level.

Students will have two teachers one for the Core Mathematics and one for the specialism chosen.

Course content

AS Level – Further Mathematics

Students who choose Further Mathematics will sit an AS in Further Mathematics in June Year 12 as well as their AS in Mathematics. The result of the AS does not count towards the final A-Level. The skills learnt during both aspects of Year 12 will be developed through Year 13

AS Further Pure Mathematics

  • Topics include: Proof, Complex Numbers, Matrices, Further Algebra and Functions, Further Calculus, Further Vectors

AS Further Statistics

  • Topics include: Linear Regression , Statistical distributions (discrete), Statistical distributions (continuous), Correlation, Hypothesis testing, Chi squared tests

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for A Level Further Mathematics is a 7 in GCSE Mathematics.Students should enjoy Mathematics so much that they are happy to have 8 hours of lessons a week plus hours of independent work outside of the classroom.

Future opportunities

Mathematics is an acceptable qualification for almost any higher education course or career and is widely respected.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Becket School directly.

Last updated date: 07 October 2016

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