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A Level : Further Mathematics at Melton Vale Sixth Form College

Course description

Further Mathematics extends your mathematical knowledge beyond the A-level in maths. Further Mathematics is a great A-level for those students who have an intrinsic love of the subject or who wish to study mathematics or other courses with a high maths content, such as Physics or Computer Science at degree level.

Course content

During the first year of the course, Core Mathematics will comprise half of the content, with the other half being distributed between the applied mathematics section of the course, to include Statistics and Decision Mathematics. Statistics further develops the learning of statistics for the mathematics A-level. Decision Mathematics however will be entirely new. This is an exciting area of mathematics, which examines algorithms and among other things, considers problems associated with networks (maps etc.) A Satnav finds the most efficient route between two points and decision maths looks at the algorithms that underpin such operations.

The second year of the course will have the same content as the first year, but again, the mathematics becomes more complex and the problems more sophisticated.


Entry requirements

MV16 Minimum Requirements:
To study A-Levels at MV16 you must have achieved a minimum of grade 4+ in GCSE English and Maths, plus 3 grade 6's or B's in other subject areas including any subject-specific entry requirements where stated on the individual subject pages.

Further Mathematics - subject specific entry requirements:
In addition to the MV16 Centre entry requirements you will need to achieve a minimum grade 7+ in GCSE Maths to study Further Mathematics at MV16.


For the A-level, there are four exam papers, each equally worth 25% of the overall marks available. These four papers will be sat at the end of the two year course. The exams will be two Core Mathematics papers, one Further Statistics paper and one Decision Mathematics paper.

Future opportunities

Mathematics is a highly regarded discipline and universities and employers place a high value on A-level Maths. It is important that you carefully consider which course is best for you.
If you are thinking of studying Biology or Chemistry, Geography, Psychology or Sociology, then Maths with Statistics is highly appropriate, since all of these subjects require the analysis of patterns using statistical techniques. Maths with mechanics is also highly suitable for science students and complements physics particularly well. If you are thinking of a career in medicine, architecture, accountancy, business, actuarial work, engineering or scientific research, then a background in mathematics will be extremely beneficial to you.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Mr Beeton on 01664 504750, email or visit our website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Melton Vale Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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