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Mathematics and Further Mathematics A Level at Rainford High Technology College

Course description

A Level Mathematics covers topics from Pure Maths and Statistics.

In Pure Maths, you further develop your algebra skills, coordinate geometry work, knowledge of trigonometry, vectors, and sequences and series, as well as being introduced to exponentials and logarithms and also to Calculus; differentiation and integration and their applications.

Studying Further Mathematics covers all the content of A Level Mathematics but includes mechanics and covers topics in extra depth to make up a second A Level grade.

Course content

There are five lessons per week which are divided between two subject specialists. Teaching groups tend to be between eight and twenty in number and are significantly smaller for further Maths.

Much of your work will be produced independently, although there will be some small group work within lessons. You should expect to complete approximately 5 hours of independent study outside of your lessons per week. This will mainly be completing further questions from the exercises, making revision notes from lessons and completing past exam questions.

Entry requirements

Mathematics is a sequential subject, with a progression of material and you will build on the knowledge you gained at GCSE.

Therefore, you must have achieved at least a grade 6 in Mathematics at GCSE to study A Level Mathematics and at least a grade 7 if you want to study Further Mathematics.


There is no coursework or controlled assessment for A Level Mathematics.

Although you will complete internal assessments throughout the two years alongside homework tasks, your final A Level grade will be determined solely via external exams taken at the end of the course.

Future opportunities

If you choose to study Mathematics, you will develop your problem solving skills as well as your ability to think logically. You will develop a high level of quantitative and numerical skills as well as statistical knowledge.

Mathematicians are typically strategic and their skills are valued by employers making them highly employable. As a result, Mathematicians can be found in all sorts of careers and jobs.

You could consider the following careers:
Finance (accountancy, banking, insurance, tax, actuary, pensions, risk management), a teacher or lecturer, operational researcher, computing, research scientist (Maths), a statistician, an engineer and other graduate jobs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rainford High Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 06 March 2017

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