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Mathematics - Further Mathematics - A-Level at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

This mathematics course counts as two subjects and is suitable for students who have demonstrated a high ability in Mathematics. It leads to an A level in Mathematics and an A level in Further Mathematics.

Course content

In the first year of the course students study six modules – four core mathematics modules and two applied modules. The core modules include algebra, trigonometry, calculus, numerical methods and vectors. The applied modules cover Probability and Statistics and Decision Mathematics. The six modules taken in the first year are equivalent to a full A level in Mathematics.

In the second year of the course students study a further six modules including some additional Probability and Statistics and Decision Mathematics as well as Mechanics. Further pure mathematics modules are studied which introduce students to some new concepts such as complex numbers, matrices and group theory. The six modules taken in the second year give students an A level in Further Mathematics.

How it is taught

Students have eight lessons of mathematics each week. Most lessons involve an introduction to new concepts and skills, working through example solutions, practising techniques as well as a range of other activities. Students are expected to practise skills learned in class outside of lessons and homework tasks are set on a regular basis.

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

  • For the AS course, students sit an exam in each of the six modules in the summer.
  • For the A2 course, a further six exams, one in each module, are taken in the summer of the second year. There is also an opportunity to re-sit any of the AS modules at this time.
  • Each module exam lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes. The marks from each examination carry equal weight.
  • The marks for the twelve modules are combined in such a way to give two A levels – one in Mathematics and one in Further Mathematics.

Assessment

  • For the AS course, students sit an exam in each of the six modules in the summer.
  • For the A2 course, a further six exams, one in each module, are taken in the summer of the second year. There is also an opportunity to re-sit any of the AS modules at this time.
  • Each module exam lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes. The marks from each examination carry equal weight.
  • The marks for the twelve modules are combined in such a way to give two A levels – one in Mathematics and one in Further Mathematics.

Future opportunities

Further Mathematics is an ideal choice for students who wish to follow a course in higher education involving a large amount of Mathematics as students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to university far more straightforward.

A growing number of competitive university courses in mathematics and engineering specify Further Mathematics as an entry requirement. For some degree courses, students who have taken Further Mathematics may be made a reduced A level offer compared to those students who are just taking Mathematics.

Each year, a number of Further Mathematicians go on to study mathematics, engineering, physics and other scientific subjects at university. Almost all of our A level students gain University places or full time employment at the end of their course at QE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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