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Sixth Form - Further Maths A Level (ALV1) at Barnsley College

Course description

This course is an additional A Level in Mathematics, expanding upon the many areas of study met in A Level Mathematics.

A genuine love of maths and an enquiring mind are essential for students wishing to take this course. You must be confident with the algebra studied at higher level GCSE and show an enthusiasm to overcome the challenges that A Level Further Maths provides.


Course content

Pure Maths: This builds on the knowledge and understanding of algebra from GCSE and extends the content introduced in A Level Mathematics. You will meet new topics such as complex numbers, matrices, prood, hyperbolic functions, polar coordinates and further calculus.

Mechanics and Statistics: These extend the content introduced in A Level Mathematics. You will meet new topics such as centres of mass, circular motion, Poisson distribution and continuous random variables.

Discrete Maths: Learn how to solve problems involving networks, graph theory, linear programming and a range of algorithms which enable particular problems in science, business and industry to be tackled using a very modern approach.

Learning methods

You will deepen your understanding of maths by discussion and group work as well as independent research and practical work.


Entry requirements

Students who achieve a Progress 8 score of five or better will be offered a place but must also meet individual course entry requirements to guarantee a place on each of their chosen subjects.

Additional entry Requirements:

GCSE Grade 8 or above in Mathematics (plus a maths entry test).

Since A Level Further Mathematics is a second A Level in maths, you must also be studying A Level Mathematics alongside this course. In most cases we would expect A Level (or AS Level) Further Mathematics to be taken as a fourth A Level course. Students will need to purchase a specific calculator for the course: Casio FX991ex.


For AS Level there are three exams: compulsory Pure and two optional modules chosen from Mechanics, Statistics, Discrete Maths and Additional Pure Maths.

For A Level there are three exams: compulsory Pure and two optional modules chosen from Mechanics, Statistics, Discrete Maths and Additional Pure Maths. The content from both AS and A Level are examined in these three papers.

Financial information

You won’t have to pay tuition or exams fees* to study A Levels with us if you are aged 16 to 18 on 31 August 2017, if you are 19 or older and looking to study your first full Level 3 qualification or if you receive certain benefits. To find out more about tuition fees, call our Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123.

We know being a student can be an expensive time so we offer a range of options to help all our students, from our Learner Support Fund to the Earn 2 Learn scheme.

Financial support

If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund for travel (up to £700), If your household income is below £20,000 you could be eligible for food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back.

You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.

Guaranteed bursaries

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*

Earn to Learn

If you are aged 16 to 18 and not eligible for any other financial support you could get involved with our Earn 2 Learn scheme. This provides excellent work experience opportunities within college with departments including Marketing, Administration and Catering, and you will be ‘paid’ via a range of rewards including help with the cost of travel, trips and equipment or high street vouchers.


You can get FREE meals at college if your household income is less than £20,000 (16-18s) or £15,000 (19+). Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267

FREE bus services!

We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded three free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.

Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus

Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus

Rotherham via Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to: student-support/free-bus-service

*Terms and conditions apply16 +44 (0)1226 216 123

Future opportunities

A Level Further Mathematics is a highly regarded and prestigious subject. Many university degree courses in mathematics, physics and engineering now ask specifically for Further Mathematics to at least AS Level. Graduates go on to have a range of careers from accountancy and computing, to scientific research and medicine.

Further information

Additional Learning Support (ALS)

We want every student to get the best out of their time with us. If you need any extra help, our ALS team can provide you with a range of support. The team work with students who have:



Autism or Asperger Syndrome


Learning difficulties/disabilities

Emotional or mental health support needs

Sensory impairment

Physical difficulties

Medical conditions

Temporary disabilities

If you would like to find out more about the support ALS can offer then please contact the team.

+44 (0)1226 216 769

Health and Wellbeing

Making sure you lead a healthy lifestyle will help you do your best in your studies. We offer confidential advice and a range of health services, including:

Contraception and sexual health advice

Full STI screening

Access to psychological therapies to deal with stress, depression and anxiety (IAPT)


Referrals to Barnsley Stop Smoking Service

Qualified Health Trainer


Advice around drug and alcohol issues

You can contact an adviser on: +44 (0)1226 216 233

Information Unit

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in: Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123


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: 28 May 2019
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