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Further Mathematics AS/A Level at Idsall School

Course description

This new A Level qualification builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding set out in the new GCSE (9-1) subject content for mathematics for 2015. The content is separated into three areas: Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics with all elements being assessed through a written examination. All pupils must study all three topic areas. Further Maths cannot be studied in its own right and must be taken in conjunction with the single A Level Maths course. (Resulting in 2 maths qualifications)

Course content

In Pure Maths learners will extend and deepen their knowledge of proof, algebra, functions, calculus, vectors and differential equations studied in A Level Mathematics. They will also broaden their knowledge into other areas of pure mathematics that underpin the further study of mathematics and other numerate subjects with complex numbers, matrices, polar coordinates and hyperbolic functions.

In Statistics learners will explore the theory which underlies the statistics content in A Level Mathematics, as well as extending their tool box of statistical concepts and techniques. This area covers combinatorics, probability distributions for discrete and continuous random variables, hypothesis tests and confidence intervals for a population mean, chi-squared tests, non-parametric tests, correlation and regression.

In Mechanics learners extend their knowledge of particles, kinematics and forces from A Level Mathematics, using their extended pure mathematical knowledge to explore more complex physical systems. The area covers dimensional analysis, work, energy, power, impulse, momentum, centres of mass, circular motion and variable force.

Entry requirements

Apart from the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form you are expected to achieve at least a grade 7 in GCSE Maths. To be successful in A Level Further Maths students need to have mastered the A and A* algebraic techniques at GCSE. A grade 5 is also required in English Language.

Future opportunities

The course provides a balance between breadth and depth of mathematical knowledge. Anyone interested in studying Maths or Engineering at university should consider Further Maths as it is the best preparation for degree standard Maths and for this reason universities prefer it, with most of the top institutions considering Further Maths to be a compulsory entry requirement.

Further information

If you would like further information on any aspect of A-Level Mathematics then please contact Mrs C Farish (Head of Maths) - cfarish@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk or Mrs J-A Lloyd (teacher in charge of KS5 Maths) - jlloyd@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 November 2016

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