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Further Mathematics A Level at Northampton Academy

Course description

Further Maths is a separate A Level and can be studied alongside A Level Mathematics. In the first year students complete:

Further Pure Mathematics 1 – Proof, complex numbers, matrices, as well as further algebra, calculus and vectors. And one of the following options:

Further Pure Mathematics 2 – Complex numbers, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions, differential equations and further algebra and calculus.
Further Statistics – Linear regression, discrete and continuous statistical distributions, hypothesis testing and Chi squared tests.
Further Mechanics – Momentum and impulse, collisions, centres of mass, work and energy, elastic strings and springs.
Decision Maths – Algorithms and graph theory, critical path analysis and linear programming.

In the second Year students complete:
Further Pure Mathematics 1, Further Pure Mathematics 2
As well as 2 options from:
Further Pure Mathematics 3, Further Pure Mathematics 4, Further Statistics 1, Further Statistics 2, Further Mechanics 1, Further Mechanics 2, Decision Maths 1, Decision Maths 2

Course content

For the award of an AS Mathematics qualification a student must complete 2 units at the end of Year 13:
Pure Mathematics 1 (66.6% of the mark) – Includes proof, algebra, coordinate geometry, sequences, trigonometry, logarithms, differentiation, integration and vectors.
Statistics and Mechanics (33.3% of the mark) – Statistics includes statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and hypothesis testing. Mechanics involves kinematics, forces and studying Newton’s laws. For the A Level qualification students take 3 units:

Pure Mathematics 1 (33.3% of the mark) – AS content assessed at A Level standard. Pure Mathematics 2 (33.3% of the mark) – Remaining Pure content which builds on and incorporates AS content.
Statistics and Mechanics (33.3% of the mark) – As above, but also including ‘Moments’

Entry requirements

A Level Mathematics: A grade 7 at GCSE Maths, plus at least 4 other A*- C GCSE`s including English Language (grade 4 or higher)


Examination board: Edexcel. The A level unit each have an examination at the end of year 13. AS can be taken at the end of year 12 or 13.

Future opportunities

University courses in Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, Robotics, Computer Science, Biology, and Chemistry along with many more. In the local area there are many opportunities in the automotive or aeronautical engineering sector – opportunities include anything from working for a Formula 1 team in one of the many technology centres near Silverstone, to designing aircraft at Sywell aerodrome.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton Academy directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2017
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