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Mathematics and Further Mathematics A Level at Ashington Community High School

Course description

The course will enable students to:

- Develop their understanding of mathematical principles and their interest in the subject
- Extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult problems
- Develop the ability to apply mathematical techniques in other subjects
- Acquire the foundation necessary for the further study of mathematics and other disciplines
- Recognise situations where the use of modern technology is appropriate and be confident in its application
- Develop confidence and enthusiasm in their approach to the subject

Course content

The course followed will be the MEI Structured Mathematics syllabus examined by OCR.

Most students at this level will take A Level Mathematics as a support subject. Students’ needs are almost as diverse as their main fields of study, requiring the breadth of strands offered at Post 16 which include Pure Mathematics (Core), Mechanics and Statistics.

A Level Further Mathematics is offered for the students who are considering going on to study Mathematics at university or those who wish to be challenged by work covered at some depth.

Entry requirements

Statistically students who gain a grade 7 or higher in GCSE Mathematics (Higher level) are more likely to be successful. Students with grade 6 must have Subject Leaders’ approval to commence this course.

Students with a grade below a 6 at GCSE Mathematics will not be able to take this course.


A Level will consist of 2 modules of Pure Mathematics and 1 module of Mechanics and Statistics.

AS Mathematics consists of 1 module of Pure Mathematics and a shortened module of Mechanics and Sums

A2 Further Mathematics is a condensed alternative to A Level Mathematics consisting of 2 additional Pure Mathematics modules and 2 Further Mathematics optional modules

The option of taking A Level Further Mathematics is likely to be dependent upon student numbers.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Mathematics can help open the door to a variety of careers, especially in the fields of science, technology and finance.

In a recent Times Educational Supplement survey, graduates aged between 21-26, who also had an A Level in Mathematics, earned on average 13% more than their peers. Students who can analyse and problem-solve at a high level are a valuable commodity in this technological world.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashington Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2017

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