Further Mathematics A level at Notre Dame Catholic College
We offer an A Level course in Further Mathematics in addition to the A Level in Mathematics. As the content of the single subject Mathematics has been reduced, we expect this course to be attractive to those students who want to take the ideas
and concepts of mathematics a stage further.
• Find sufficient enjoyment in mathematics to wish to develop the subject
beyond the usual A-Level extent and depth.
• Want to keep open the option of pursuing a Higher Education course in
Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or Economics.
• May wish to sit Oxford or Cambridge University Entrance for Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Engineering or Economics, and therefore need to take a paper (or papers) in Mathematics.
As the subject is taught in parallel with the A Level Mathematics course, the Further Mathematics teaching in Year 12 does not presume any knowledge of mathematics beyond the GCSE higher level specification. However it must be stressed that, since the student is exposed to mathematics for almost half of each week and progress is rapid, the course exists for able students with a flair for the subject and who also enjoy doing mathematics.
A grade A* or high A would be required at GCSE to enter onto the course.
We offer the Edexcel specification which requires a student to take six further modules beyond the single subject A Level. These are likely to comprise a mix of Pure Mathematics, Statistics, Decision and Mechanics modules. The further study of Mechanics, Decision and Statistics allows more realistic solutions of a greater range of problems in context to be considered.
Any student planning to take a mathematics-rich degree (this covers a very wide range of academic areas – Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., as well as Mathematics itself) will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics,
at least to AS level.
Students who are not planning to study for mathematics-rich degrees but who are keen on mathematics will find Further Mathematics a very enjoyable course, and having a Further Mathematics qualification identifies students as having excellent analytical skills, whatever area they plan to study or work within. AS Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers which are vital in many mathematics-rich degrees. Students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to such degrees far more straightforward. Studying Further Mathematics also boosts students’ performance in AS/A Level Mathematics.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Notre Dame Catholic College directly.