Further Mathematics A Level at St Benedict's Catholic School
The A2 course consists of 3 additional modules to the 3 studied at AS level. One of which is Further Pure 2. The other two modules are applied ones. The Further Pure 2 Mathematics module involves studying advanced calculus, Polar coordinates, Complex numbers, Power Series, Matrices and Hyperbolic Functions. The Applied modules studied in Year 13 are Statistics 2 and Mechanics 2 which are second modules following on from those in A Level Maths.
Students should have at least a Grade 7 in the new GCSE (9-1) Mathematics exams to do the AS level in Mathematics. A Grade D overall in the AS exam is a pre-requisite for continuing to study Further Mathematics to A2 level and it is expected that students will have achieved at least Grade C in the FP1 module.
The assessment at A2 comprises 3 units, Further Pure 2, Statistics 2 and Mechanics 2. These assessments are taken in May/June, with each one lasting one and a half hours. Each module carries the same weighting towards the overall A2 grade, the same as the 3 contributory units from the AS exam. The AS modules can be re-taken in June alongside the A2 modules.
The additional modules for A2 Further Maths can be aggregated with those from the A2 Maths meaning that students have the option of moving them around to get the best combination of results for both their Maths and Further Maths. This is done for the students by the exam board.
A2 Further Mathematics is very useful in many fields, including Banking/Finance, Accountancy/Insurance and Architecture/Surveying. It is highly regarded by Universities and for some Universities it is essential to have Further Maths if you want to do a Maths degree.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic School directly.