Further Maths AS A2 at Northampton School for Girls
The A level Mathematics course takes two years, the Further Mathematics course takes the depth of your study to the equivalent of four years. You will follow the Mathematics course in Y12 within the A level group except where you have to accelerate through some topics because the Further Mathematics work is dependent upon earlier A level work. The exact order of modules studied depends on the students on the course. Often you will do Pure Mathematics 1, Mechanics 1 and Statistics 1 alongside the A level group and Pure Mathematics 2, 3, and 4 for Further Mathematics. This leads to two AS levels at the end of Y12 and can then be extended onto study for two A levels by doing a further six modules in Y13. This will involve a considerable amount of independent study and you need to be self-motivated and well organised.
What you will do· Pure Mathematics - Harder pure mathematics extending all the A level topics and inequalities, complex numbers, differential equations, co-ordinate systems including polar co-ordinates, hyperbolic functions and matrix algebra.· Statistics - Harder statistical methods and some coursework. Mechanics- Harder mechanics including dynamics of particles in two dimensions and the study of rigid bodies.
You need to have achieved at least a grade A on the Higher tier at GCSE, be taking Mathematics A level and you must enjoy Algebra, problem solving and very difficult mathematics.
Each module ends with a one and a half hour examination paper. There is no coursework.
None unless students wish to purchase a graphical computer. This is NOT essential.
Future prospects· It is a very highly regarded 'A' level.· It adds value to your application for almost any course in Higher Education and is necessary for some courses in Mathematics, Physics and Engineering.People think you are desperately clever if you take it because it is the hardest A level
Student comment"You should be prepared for a big jump from A level. If you love Maths and want to spend half your week studying really hard topics, this is the course for you. There are lots of different modulecombinations you can do and you could do this course in Y12 and finish your A level Mathematics course in January of Y13.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton School for Girls directly.