# Further Mathematics at Mark Rutherford School

## Course description

The AQA AS and A-l evel Further Mathematics courses enable students to deepen their mathematical understanding, particularly through the further pure mathematics. The course also widen s their mathematical understanding by studying in greater depth the applied mathematics. Although challenging, students taking fu rther mathematics find it to be an enjoyable, rewarding, stimulat ing and empowering experience.

The AS course consists of three areas of mathematics , Further Pure and two out of three applied options , the three options being Statistics , Mechanics and Disc rete mathematics . Statistics and Mechanics will usually be the two applied options. The A - Level is achieved by studying these areas of mathematics in substantially more depth.

## Course content

Aims of the Course:

- To develop your understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes
- To develop your ability to reason logically, to generalise, to construct mathematical proofs and produce clear and concise solutions to questions
- To extend your range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems
- To develop an understanding of coherence and progression in mathematics and of how different areas of mathematics can be connected
- To recognise how a sit uation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between ‘real world’ problems and standard and other mathematical models and how these can be refined and improved
- To read and comprehend written mathematics and use mathematics as an effective means of communication
- To show perseverance in answering challenging problems which may require several visitations before a solution is found
- To develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general

## Entry requirements

As well as the minimum two year course requirements students must have achieved a grade 8 or better in GCSE mathematics. You must also study A level mathematics. The AQA specification recommends that students have the skills and knowledge associated with the Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics or equivalent.

You should have an enjoyment of the subject and an aptitude for mathematics. In particular you need to be very confident with the problem solving aspect and the algebra content of the GCSE co urse.

## Financial information

AS Course: Consists of Further Pure and Mechanics plus Statistics. Assessment is by two 1.5 hours written papers at the end of the course.

A2 Course: There are three papers overall, two papers consisting of Further Pure, and the third paper consisting of two applied options. These areas are each assessed by a 2 hour written paper at the end of the course.

## How to apply

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