Further Mathematics AQA A Level at Littleover Community School
In studying Further Mathematics you will obtain 2 A-Levels: Mathematics and Further Mathematics. This only constitutes one option choice on your form.
How much time will I spend on this course?
15 hours per fortnight - but remember this is for two A-Levels.
How many hours of self - study will be required?
Roughly 5 hours per week.
Is there any choice of units in the course?
The Pure Mathematics content of the course is compulsory for all students. There will be an option of which Applied elements of the course to study. This decision will be made before the course begins.
Students will need to study the same applied elements of the course in Year 12 and 13.
Further Mathematics is designed for those who are good at Mathematics and are looking to study Maths related courses beyond A-Level.
In Year 12 you will study further areas of Pure Mathematics such as:
- Complex Numbers.
- You will also study 2 Applied areas out of Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Mathematics.
- The decision on which of these areas you will study will be made during 2016-17.
In Year 13 you will continue with the same areas of Applied Mathematics and will also meet areas of Pure Mathematics such as:
- Differential Equations.
- Polar Coordinates.
- Hyperbolic Functions.
Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.
We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.
The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set.
Specific entry requirements:
Students who opt to study Further Maths will in effect study for 5 AS levels as we deliver the Further Maths content in extra lessons that are tagged onto the core Maths A Level lessons.
Assessment of AS Further Mathematics is through a total of 3 hours of examinations, probably in the form of 2 papers.
Assessment of A-Level Further Mathematics is through a total of 6 hours of examinations, probably in the form of 3 papers.
- An A4 ring binder with dividers.
- A scientific calculator.
- Graphical calculators will be a significant advantage in this course.
- It is recommended that pupils purchase one through school if they wish to.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Littleover Community School directly.