LINEAR A LEVEL COURSE CONTENT

The content consists of pure (2 exams) and applied (2 exam) maths. The pure content will be covered over two compulsory papers; the first will mostly be covered in year 12 and the second paper will be more advanced content covered in year 13. Both papers will build on the work covered in GCSE maths. The applied papers include both statistics and mechanics sections; this allows students to cover a broad range of topics allowing them to prepare for a variety of careers.

WHERE DO I GO TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?

Visit the EDEXCEL website: www.edexcel.com/subjects and search for GCE Mathematics
Faculty Leader: Ms S Green (s.green@finhampark.co.uk)
KS5 co-ordinator: Mrs K Smith: (k.smith@finhampark.co.uk)

Due to the fact that students often take Further Mathematics as a fourth option, we have decided to offer them the chance to take an AS in the subject. This can be taught alongside the full A2 so will not require them to be in a separate class to the other further mathematicians; additionally it allows students the flexibility to decide part way through year 12 whether to continue Further Mathematics to the end of year 13. The details of the course are the same as the full A2 but students will take two exams at the end of year 12 if they choose rather than waiting to take all their exams at the end of year 13.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO THIS COURSE?

GCSE 5 grades 9-4 plus GCSE Mathematics grade 7 or above (preferably grade 8). Ideally candidates need a grade 6 or above in the level two Further Mathematics qualification however this is not compulsory because we understand not all schools offer it.

HOW MANY EXAMS DO I HAVE TO TAKE?

Year 13: 4 exams (2 pure and 2 applied) will be taken at the end of year 13.

Be aware – if you take this subject you will need to take a test in the first week of September and attend a day at school in July to prepare for it!

IS THERE ANY COURSEWORK OR CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS?

None

WHAT MIGHT STUDYING THIS COURSE LEAD TO?

Studying further mathematics A-Level provides you with an extensive knowledge of pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics than you get with a single mathematics A-Level. This, alongside the logical thought processes and problem solving skills you develop would be beneficial when going on to study many subjects, including:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Economics, Statistics
  • Operational Research
  • Biochemistry
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Veterinary Science and Actuarial Science

The statistical skills are applicable to any kind of academic research, including social sciences and psychology.