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Mathematics and Further Mathematics at St Edward's College

Course description

Choosing Mathematics and Further Mathematics necessarily takes up two options. Pupils who study Mathematics and Further Mathematics will have the option to study four subjects to A2 Level, if they wish to do so. Pupils who are thinking of taking a degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering or a related subject are strongly advised to take Further Mathematics at A Level as are candidates considering entry to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to study a scientific/engineering discipline.

Course content

Pupils follow the Edexcel GCE Mathematics and Further Mathematics AS/A Level specifications. Pupils will study twelve modules over the course of the two years–
six modules that contribute to Mathematics A Level (as detailed in the previous section) and six modules that contribute to Further Mathematics A Level– three Further Pure modules (FP1–FP3) and three Applied modules (Decision Mathematics 1, Statistics 2 and Mechanics 2).

In Year 12, pupils have fourteen lessons per week plus two homeworks. During this time pupils complete AS Level Mathematics and A2 Level Mathematics (modules: C1, C2, C3, C4, S1 and S2).

In Year 13 pupils have fourteen lessons per week plus two homeworks. In this year pupils complete AS Level Further Mathematics and A2 Level Further Mathematics (modules: FP1, FP2, FP3, M1, M2 and D1).


Entry requirements

A* grade in GCSE Mathematics.


The 12 modules are all 1 hour 30 minutes written papers and are m
arked out of 75. The modules will be divided into Mathematics and Further Mathematics as follows:

AS Core 1 (C1)
AS Core 2 (C2)
Further Mathematics
AS Further Pure 1 (FP1)
A2 Core 3 (C3)
A2 Core 4 (C4)
Further Mathematics
AS Further Pure 2 (FP2)
A2 Further Pure 3 (FP3)
Two of the applied modules (Mechanics 1, Mechanics 2, Statistics 1, Statistics 2 and Decision 1) will count towards your Mathematics grade and the remaining three towards your Further Mathematics grade.

Future opportunities

The combination of Mathematics and Further Mathematics is excellent preparation for many future courses and careers. Such a logical discipline, studied in such depth, supports Physics, all forms of engineering, analytical work in business and industry, and courses in law, philosophy, economics and management.

If you are considering a degree in Mathematics or are considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge to study a scientific/engineering discipline, then a
qualification in Further Mathematics will be a real advantage. Certain ‘high demand’ courses at a number of other universities (in subjects such as engineering) will also prefer pupils who have studied Further Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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