Further Maths AS A2 at Prince William School
SYLLABUSWe follow the MEI (OCR) course, which links with the A level Mathematics course. OUTLINEMany students at Prince William School decide to take more than six modules in Mathematics. AS Further Mathematics is gained by taking 9 modules in total. A Level Further Mathematics is gained by taking 12 modules in total. AS Further Mathematics is usually completed in Year 12. Further Mathematics can be summarised as breadth and depth. You will study more Mathematics by taking options across the different strands, e.g. in Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Mathematics. However, you also get the chance to explore some areas of Mathematics in more detail. This can often support your work in other subject areas on your A level courses or in future degree study. Extra work in Mechanics will support work in Physics or for those wanting to go onto Engineering courses. Extra work in Statistics is very useful for students taking Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Economics or Geography or wishing to take Business courses at University. If you are a good Mathematician at GCSE you need to consider carefully if you should also take Further Mathematics. If you coped well with the Higher level GCSE this course will provide a greater challenge than just the core Mathematics modules. In Year 12 students take a core module Further Pure 1. The content of this module does not depend on any module in the A level course. You will get the chance to look at new areas of Mathematics, such as matrices, complex numbers, proof and make use of a graphical calculator in harder curve sketching. Two other modules are taken in Year 12; these are usually Mechanics 1 and Decision Mathematics 1. We will also be making extensive use of the MEI website resources.
A grade A or A* is required in Mathematics at Higher Level. A willingness to work independently throughout the course is also important, we will expect a good attitude displayed at GCSE. Ability to work confidently with algebra topics in the higher course is essential.
Extra modules taken in Mathematics are highly regarded by employers and universities. Degree courses including Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Psychology, Computer Science and Biology all depend on a considerable amount of Mathematics. For many of these courses there may be a high percentage of students who have taken Further Mathematics.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prince William School directly.