# Mathematics (Further) A Level at Congleton High School

## Course description

Are you intending to take A level Maths and are still keen to learn and understand more?

Would you like to apply to a top University to do a degree in Mathematics or a Maths-based subject like Engineering, Physics or Computing?

Would you like to meet some interesting Mathematical ideas not covered in the standard Maths A Level?

Are you prepared to think for yourself and work consistently hard to achieve your potential?

If the answer is yes to these questions then you should consider studying Further Mathematics in the Sixth Form.

Aside from the obvious mathematical skills that you will develop during the course, studying Further Mathematics will make you think and so develop your thinking skills. It will help your understanding of the standard Maths A level and help you to succeed on any Maths-related degree course.

## Course content

Pure Mathematics The Pure Mathematics element of Further Mathematics builds on the topics of Functions, Algebra, Differential Equations and Calculus introduced in the standard Maths A level. New topics include Complex Numbers, Matrices and Mathematical Proof. There are three Further Pure Maths modules, one at AS level and two at A2 level.

Applied Mathematics. All students studying Further Mathematics at AS level take two modules in Applied Maths as part of their course and those who go on to take A level Mathematics take 1 further module in Y13. Applied modules may be studied in

- Statistics

- Decision Mathematics

- Mechanics

## Entry requirements

Students best suited to this course will, typically, have obtained Grade A* or close to A* at GCSE.

## Assessment

Further Mathematics will be taught by first developing the required skills and techniques and then applying them to arrive at a solution to problems. Homework will be set nearly every lesson and assessments under test conditions will take place every few weeks. You will require a high degree of self-motivation and time management. When you decide to study Further Mathematics you are expected to complete all tasks to the best of your ability and seek help whenever necessary. Your teachers will always be willing to help you between lessons if you are having difficulty completing a task. All 3 modules for AS Further Mathematics are examined in the Summer Term of Year 12. The remaining 3 modules required for A Level Further Mathematics are examined in the Summer Term of Y13.

## Future opportunities

Further Mathematics is a highly regarded qualification. This course provides a good foundation for further studies in courses at university or college in the areas of Engineering, Maths, Computing and Physics. The study of Further Mathematics is now a requirement at most top universities for courses in these areas.

## Further information

## How to apply

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