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Foundations of Advanced Mathematics at Priestley College

Course description

This course is aimed at those students who aspire to go on to take  A Level Maths but may not have a GCSE profile suitable to enrol directly onto the AS Maths course.  It will provide a route of progression to AS Maths for suitable candidates. In particular it will suit you if you have a grade 6 or above in Maths and an average GCSE score of 5 or above.  You will be taught alongside AS Maths students for the 1st term and have the opportunity to take the FAM module exam in January/June. You will also attend a weekly workshop to provide additional support and for exam preparation. Assessments taken in the 1st term together with the result of the mock AS examination taken in January will indicate your suitability to continue with AS Maths for the whole year or to focus on the FAM course.

Course content

FAM is a broad based level two Maths course covering arithmetic, algebra, graphs, trigonometry and statistics.

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths grade 6 or higher and an average GCSE score of 5 or above. You will need to be well organised, hard working, logical and determined, and be able to work independently.

Our minimum entry requirements remain 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, however there are now a number of restrictions on the type/range of programmes you can take at Priestley which will reflect your overall GCSE grade profile.

If you do not have a GCSE Grade 4 or the old Grade C in English Language and/or Mathematics by the time you join Priestley you will be required to continue working to improve in these subjects so you may find your programme options more limited.


This course is assessed by a 40 question multiple choice examination in January/June.

Future opportunities

FAM can help provide access to the AS Mathematics course for those students who have an average GCSE score of 5 or above and who have a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Maths. Many students who study AS and A level Maths then go on to pursue careers in areas such as Engineering, Statistics, Operational Research, Computing, Accountancy, Actuarial work, Business Management, Insurance, Financial Services and Teaching.

Further information

Workshops are timetabled for every student on this course to provide additional support with the AS work and the FAM past exam papers. You will also have the opportunity to attend Maths lectures and trips as they are organised.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priestley College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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