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Mathematics - Further Mathematics - A-Level at Burnham Grammar School

Course description

This course is open to students who wish to study both AS Mathematics and AS Further Mathematics, and thinking of taking both at A2.

Course content

This course consists of Core modules, which are compulsory, and Applied modules, where there is a choice between Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Mathematics.

In Year 12, students will study the Core modules C1, C2 and FP1, as well as the applied modules Mechanics 1 (M1), Statistics 1 (S1) and Decision 1 (D1).

This leads to the following AS-Levels:

AS in Mathematics: C1, C2 and the best applied module.

AS in Further Mathematics: FP1 and the remaining two applied modules.

In Year 13, students will study the Core modules C3, C4, FP2 and FP3, as well as the applied modules M2 and S2.

This leads to the following A-Levels:

A2 in Mathematics: C1, C2, C3, C4 and best two applied modules.

A2 in Further Mathematics: FP1, FP2, FP3 and the remaining three applied modules.

Students who wish to leave Year 13 with an A2 in Mathematics and AS in Further Mathematics require C1, C2, C3, C4, FP1 and four applied modules.

Entry requirements

You must achieve at least 368 GCSE capped points (i.e. your best 8 subjects) for entry to the Sixth form. You must also achieve a C grade in English Language GCSE and Mathematics GCSE alongside meeting the entry criteria for each individual subject. Option 4 is conditional upon achieving 400+ GCSE capped points. 

GCSE points: A*= 58, A= 52, B= 46, C= 40, D= 34

Subject Specific

GCSE Grade A* in GCSE Mathematics

Assessment

All modules are equally weighted. Each paper is out of 75 marks, which is then scaled up giving a score out of 100. Students have 90 minutes for each paper.

Future opportunities

Students planning to take a degree in fields such as Mathematics, Engineering, Sciences, Computing or Finance / Economics etc. will benefit greatly from taking Further Mathematics, at least to AS Level. The topics covered beyond AS and A2 Mathematics are vital in many STEM degrees, and students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to such degrees more straightforward.

If you are not planning to study for mathematically rich degrees but are keen on mathematics you will find Further Mathematics a very enjoyable course and having a Further Mathematics qualification identifies you as having excellent analytical skills, whatever area you are considering for a career.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burnham Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2015

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