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Further Mathematics A Level at Gordon's School

Course description

The A Level Mathematics course is examined at the end of Year 12, and the A Level Further Mathematics course is examined at the end of Year 13.

A Level Mathematics:
Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (Year 12).
Students will study elements of pure mathematics (proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, further differentiation and integration, and vectors), and elements of statistics and mechanics. All students completing the A Level in Mathematics must sit three exams at the end of Year 12, all at A Level standard. Papers 1 and 2 are two 2-hour exams in pure mathematics and Paper 3 is a two-hour exam in statistics and mechanics.

A Level Further Mathematics:
Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (Year 13). Students will study the compulsory elements of further pure mathematics (proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions, differential equations, further numerical methods, inequalities, and coordinate systems). In addition to this, students will study the optional elements which will be selected from further work in pure mathematics, mechanics, statistics and decision maths. All students completing the A Level in Further Mathematics must sit four exams at the end of Year 13, all at A Level standard. Papers 1 and 2 are two 1.5-hour exams in pure mathematics and Papers 3 and 4 are two 1.5-hour exams which assess the optional elements listed above.

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirements to join the Sixth Form are:

1.     A minimum of three GCSE grades A* to C plus at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
AND
2.     The grade criteria for individual subjects as outlined on the last page in this booklet.

Note:
Following the publication of GCSE results in August 2017 students may appeal to governors in the event of academic
requirements not being met. 

Assessment

Exam Papers Y12

Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1
33.3%
Written examination: 2 hours, 100 marks

Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2
33.3%
Written examination: 2 hours, 100 marks

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics
33.3%
Written examination: 2 hours, 100 marks

Exam Papers Y13

Paper 1: Further Pure Mathematics 1
25%
Written examination: 1.5 hours, 75 marks

Paper 2: Further Pure Mathematics 2
25%
Written examination: 1.5 hours, 75 marks#

Paper 3: Further Mathematics Option 1
25%
Written examination: 1.5 hours, 75 marks Students take one of the following four options: Further Pure, Further Statistics, Further Mechanics, or Decision Maths* *Optional choices available to students will be finalized by April 2017 by the Gordon’s School Mathematics Department

Paper 4: Further Mathematics Option 2
25%
Written examination: 1.5 hours, 75 marks
Students take one of the following four options: Further Pure, Further Statistics, Further Mechanics, or Decision Maths* *Optional choices available to students will be finalized by April 2017 by the Gordon’s School Mathematics Department

Further information

WIDER READING
- A Mathematician’s Apology by G.H. Hardy (CUP, 1992)
- Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh
- The Music of the Primes by Marcus du Sautoy (Harper-Collins, 2003)
- Mathematics: a very short introduction by Timothy Gowers (CUP, 2002)
- Archimedes’ Revenge by P. Hoffman (Penguin, 1991)
- Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman by R.P. Feynman (Arrow Books, 1992)
- Solving Mathematical Problems by Terence Tao (OUP, 2006)
- The Pleasures of Counting by T.W. K¨orner (CUP, 1996)
- Advanced Problems in Mathematics by S.T.C. Siklos (1996 and 2003)
- Yet Another Introduction to Analysis by V. Bryant (CUP, 1990)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gordon's School directly.

Last updated date: 16 May 2017
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