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AS Level: Further Maths at Ashby School

Course description

The course is challenging and enjoyable but does require consistent hard 
work. It comprises: Pure Mathematics, which covers the structures and 
techniques of Mathematics including algebra, calculus, trigonometry and 
graphs; Statistics, including probability distributions; Mechanics, which is 
the application of Mathematics to mechanical problems involving forces, 
motion, energy and power; Decision Mathematics, which deals with such 
things as finding the shortest path between two places and maximising 
profits under a given set of conditions. The course is modular and consists 
of 12 modules: six core modules which cover the Pure Mathematics content, 
two modules in Statistics and three modules in Mechanics and one module 
in Decision Mathematics. It is taught over two years. The scores of six of 
the modules, which are equally weighed, are aggregated for AS Grades in 
Mathematics and Further Mathematics at the end of Year 12. The results 
of all 12 modules are aggregated for two A levels, Mathematics and Further 
Mathematics, at the end of Year 13. This structure enables students and 
teachers alike to get an accurate idea of the progress being made, thus 
helping with decisions about Higher Education and future employment. 

Entry requirements

For all Sixth Form courses, students must have five GCSE (or equivalent) 
passes at grades A* - C, including mathematics and English language. 
For further mathematics, students must have a minimum of an A in GCSE 

Future opportunities

Students can take this course to support entry to higher education in 
Mathematics and is now almost universally a requirement at top 
universities for Mathematic degrees. Related areas such as engineering, 
economics and science or more general higher education courses find it 
highly desirable, with some universities asking for an AS in Further to 
support an application. With further training, students may enter a career 
related to Mathematics covering a wide spectrum of modern jobs in almost 
every field. This is a recognised qualification that will help students to 
develop the skills, understanding and knowledge sought by employers 
across many industries, especially in the science, technology, economic 
and engineering sectors. 
An A level qualification in mathematics is highly regarded by prospective 
employers and universities alike, as being a good indicator of a logical and 
analytical mind. Mathematics and Further Mathematics are almost 
essential for students wishing to follow a mathematical degree course, but 
both A levels are valuable for all Science and Engineering courses. 
Mathematics A levels are applicable for the following career areas: 
engineering, actuarial work, meteorology, finance, medicine, nursing, 
sports, the transport industry, computing, including writing games, 
accountancy, economics, business, banking, air traffic control, retail 
management, architecture, surveying, cartography, psychology, teaching 
and more. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years