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Mathematics - Further Mathematics - A-Level at St Leonards Catholic School

Course description

Further Mathematics. As a second qualification at either AS or full A Level. Universities favour applicants who study Mathematics if they have A2 Further Mathematics.

Course content

THE AS COURSE

Module FP1: Algebra and Graphs, Complex Numbers, Roots and Coefficients of a Quadratic Equation, Series, Calculus, Numerical Methods, Trigonometry, Matrices and Transformations.

Module S2: Discrete Random Variables, Poisson Distribution, Continuous Random Variables, Estimation, Hypothesis Testing and Chi-Squared Contingency Tests.
 
Module D1: Algorithms, Graphs and Networks, Spanning Tree Problems, Matchings, Shortest Path in Networks, Route Inspection Problem, Travelling Salesman Problem, Linear Programming and Mathematical Modelling.

THE A2 COURSE

Module FP3: Series and Limits, Polar Co-ordinates, Differential Equations, Differential Equations – First Order and Differential Equations – Second Order.
 
Module FP4: Vectors and Three Dimensional Coordinate Geometry, Matrix Algebra, Solution of Linear Equations, Determinants and Linear Independence.
 
Module M2: Mathematical Modelling, Moments and Centres of Mass, Kinematics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Application of Differential Equations, Uniform Circular Motion, Work and Energy and Vertical Circular Motion.

Entry requirements

  • each applicant must achieve at least eight GCSE or equivalent Level 2 Qualification passes at grade A*-G
  • each applicant must achieve at least five GCSE passes1 at grade A*-C
  • each applicant must achieve at least four GCSE B grades including at least a grade B2 in each subject to be taken at AS Level (see course entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy).
  • any applicant wishing to study a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) at AS Level must achieve at least a grade B in GCSE Additional Science if taking double science rather than separate sciences. If taking separate sciences then the applicant must achieve at least a grade B in the science subject to be taken at AS Level.
  • any applicant wishing to study a subject at AS that they are not currently studying at GCSE must consult the list of entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy.
  • any applicant currently studying a subject at GCSE that they wish to continue to study at AS must achieve at least a grade B in that subject at GCSE.
  • each applicant must study a minimum of four AS Level courses to completion in Year 12 and a minimum of three A2 Level courses to completion in Year 13.
  • each applicant must study the General Religious Education Course to completion

Future opportunities

The university courses that require Mathematics A Level are myriad and legion: - Medical, Scientific, Engineering and Financial disciplines. Employers hold in high regard those with mathematically related qualifications and therefore a mastery of problem solving techniques and rational thought. Indeed, research has demonstrated that people with a mathematics related degree will go on to earn more than those without.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Leonards Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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