Mathematics and Further Mathematics AS and A Level at Emmanuel College
This course counts as 2 A-Levels – one in Mathematics and one in Further Mathematics and they will be graded individually. This course is designed for very capable and enthusiastic Mathematicians and builds extensively on the standard Mathematics A-Level.
As well as the 4 core modules (C1-C4), covered in A-Level Mathematics, the Further Maths Core element includes FP1 and FP2, involving further calculus and trigonometry as well as co-ordinate systems, complex numbers, matrices and proof. Candidates will also cover the applied modules in mechanics (M1, M2 and M3) and statistics (S1, S2 and S3)
Students should achieve an A* grade at GCSE. In addition students must have a subject teacher recommendation.
Year 12: Candidates will normally sit six modules. These are generally the AS modules (C1, C2, S1, M1, FP1 and S2). All the modules are equally weighted.
Year 13: A further 6 modules, including the core C3, C4 and FP2 modules. The other three modules are made up of a combination of S3, M2, M3 and FP3 (and potentially NM (Numerical Methods), NC (Numerical Computation), DE (Differential Equations), D1, D2 and DC (Decision Mathematics)). In discussion with the mathematics department, students usually decide the combination to suit them, which matches up with their interests and where their strengths lie.
It is possible to take more than the required 12 modules, taking forward the best 12 marks (certain criteria apply).
Modules can then be combined in various ways to obtain the two qualifications (A2 Mathematics and A2 Further Mathematics).
It is possible to gain an A2 in Mathematics and an AS in Further Mathematics, where 9 modules are taken in total, include at least C1-4, FP1
Students who want to continue their study of mathematics after A Level to degree level, postgraduate level or research are encouraged to do Further Mathematics. A good number of Further Mathematics students go on to study Engineering at university.
Students wishing to study at one of the Russell Group universities, should study the informed choices guide. For a good number of the Science and the Engineering courses, Further Mathematics is noted as a useful qualification.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Emmanuel College directly.