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Further Mathematics AQA A Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

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.

Course content

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:

  • Matrices.
  • 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. 

Entry requirements

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. 

You should have achieved a grade 8 or 9 at GCSE. Further study beyond the GCSE curriculum (such as the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths) will be very helpful but not essential. 
 
 

Assessment

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. 

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What materials do I need to provide?:
  • An A4 ring binder with dividers. 
  • A scientific calculator. 
 
Additional costs or specialists equipment required:
  • Graphical calculators will be a significant advantage in this course. 
  • It is recommended that pupils purchase one through school if they wish to. 

Future opportunities

Mathematician, Engineering, Physicist, Statistician, Financial Management, Teacher. 
 
Many Universities now request you study Further Mathematics to at least AS Level for many Maths and Science related courses. 
 
Having successfully studied Further Mathematics you will be in a strong position to apply for a number of competitive courses/careers. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 November 2016

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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.