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Mathematics & Further Mathematics Edexcel AS and A level at Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich

Course description

AS Level:

  • Year 12: Consists of studying 3 modules over 1 year.

A2 Level:

  • Year 13: Consists of studying 6 modules over 2 years.

Further AS:

  • Consists of an additional 3 modules making a total of 9 over 2 years.

Further Mathematics:

  • Consists of studying an additional 3 modules making a total of 12

Topics studied within AS/A2 and Further Mathematics:

  • In Core Mathematics students will extend their knowledge of GCSE topics such as Algebra and Trigonometry as well as learning new topics such as Calculus.
  • In Mechanics students will learn how to describe mathematically the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting upon them.
  • In Statistics students will learn a range of methods aimed at sampling, representing and interpreting sets of data.  Students will also study Probability and Hypothesis Testing.
  • In Decision Mathematics students will learn how to solve a range of problems involving networks.  A range of Algorithms will enable such problems to be solved.

Course content

Year 12 Content

Year 12 Mathematics:

  • Unit 1: Core 1
  • Unit 2: Core 2
  • Unit 3: Optional Unit

Further Mathematics is only for students who have achieved an A* at GCSE.

Year 12 Further Mathematics:

  • Unit 1: Core 1
  • Unit 2: Core 2
  • Unit 3: Further Pure 1
  • Unit 4 – 6: Optional Units

If students intend studying AS Physics in Year 12 they should choose Mechanics 1.

Year 13 Content

Those students who pass the AS course (with an A - D grade at AS Level) will study A2 Mathematics:

Year 13 Mathematics:

  • Unit 4: Core 3
  • Unit 5: Core 4
  • Unit 6: Optional Unit

Year 13 Further Mathematics:

  • Unit 7: Core 3
  • Unit 8: Core 4
  • Unit 9: Further Pure 2
  • Units 10-12: Optional Units

Optional Units:

  • Statistics 1,2,3,4
  • Mechanics 1,2,3,4,5
  • Decision 1,2

Entry requirements

  • Students require a grade B or above in Mathematics GCSE, to take Mathematics AS Level.
  • Students with a B in GCSE Mathematics will need to pass an Algebra test in order to take the AS qualification.
  • There will be an opportunity to sit the Algebra test on the taster day (July) and another one on induction day (September).
  • Students who achieve an A or above in GCSE Mathematics will not need to sit the Algebra test.
  • An A* grade is required to take Further Mathematics. 
  • Successful completion of AS Mathematics / Further Mathematics with a grade D or above is necessary to carry on to Year 13 Mathematics / Further Mathematics.


  • All of the units are examined by 1 hour 30 minute examination papers during the Summer Examination period.
  • Throughout the academic year students are formally assessed 6 times.  
  • These ALIS Assessment Tasks will be based on mock and actual examination questions.

Future opportunities

A Level Mathematics is a much sought after and highly respected qualification, which can open doors to a wide range of Higher Education courses and rewarding careers.  

Higher Education courses that require A Level Mathematics include Economics, Teaching, Medicine, Psychology, Architecture, Science and Accountancy.

For those students wishing to pursue degree course in Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics may be a requirement.

Those interested in Engineering, will also find this a suitable course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich directly.

Last updated date: 20 December 2016
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