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Further Mathematics A Level at Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley

Course description

While A Level Mathematics is a rich and deep course in its own right, some students will find Further Mathematics a more suitable challenge for their level and their interests. Further Mathematics is the gold standard of high school maths.

The extension of your knowledge and understanding through the course will support your studies in A Level Mathematics, consolidating your work and helping you to achieve the best possible grades. The overlapping skills developed in Mathematics and Further Mathematics mean that it is easier to carry it on as a fourth full A Level
subject than many others. It is taught in a smaller group, allowing for personalised support and detailed feedback

Course content

The Further Mathematics curriculum maintains partial modularity, in order that the elite mathematicians of the future can branch out in different directions of study.

50% of the course will be compulsory content with an additional 50% modular options. The study of systems and optimisation remains available, along with a broad variety of other offerings.

As with AS Mathematics, AS Further Mathematics counts as 40% of a full A Level and it is treated as a standalone, introductory and partial version of the course.

All assessment will be by examination, around 3 hours of exams for AS level and 6 hours for the full A Level.

We will continue to extend our most able students; along with the entry examinations used by the top universities, the other modules not used for Further Mathematics will provide opportunities for this.

Entry requirements

In order to cope with the demands of the course, students should have preferably have gained at least grade 8 in Mathematics at GCSE, although, in exceptional circumstances, students with grade 7 will be considered.

Prior study of Further Mathematics GCSE would be beneficial, though not essential, and the achievement of grade A or above in that course would also be preferred, though students with grade B may be accepted. An outcome on this course will be taken into consideration when advising students about entry.

Further Mathematics can only be selected if you are also choosing Mathematics.

Future opportunities

The study of Further Mathematics gives you the opportunity to develop a really deep and thorough understanding of mathematics, and will enhance your ability to handle complex, high-order thinking.

If you are planning to study Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Sciences including programming, Physics or Natural Sciences at university, then taking Further Mathematics A Level will stretch you and help you prepare for your university course, as well as demonstrating your commitment to your studies and distinguishing you from other candidates. Further Mathematics is required by some universities.

Further Mathematics would also be very helpful for students considering continued study in the areas of Banking and Finance, Economics, Accountancy and Insurance, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Chemical and Biological Sciences.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 October 2018
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