We follow the Edexcel Specifications 9FM0 (Further Mathematics). Students will take A-Level examinations at the end of Year 13.
Learning mathematics means learning how to solve problems using logical reasoning. This takes intelligence, insight and lots of practice.
Many people find that the change from GCSE to A-level mathematics is a big one. It is a subject that builds continuously on previous work so it can become very difficult if you fall behind. Serious application from the start of Y12 is essential.
If you are concerned that the jump from GCSE to A-Level may be too big for you, it is possible that the ‘Core Maths’ course will be right for you rather than A-Level Mathematics.
The Mathematics A-level is comprised of a mixture of Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. The Pure Mathematics sections are mainly algebra, with some trigonometry and number work. The Applied Mathematics sections are based on both Statistics (data handling) and Mechanics (Forces and motion). All students will study both Mechanics and Statistics. For Further Mathematics there is likely to be some flexibility in which applied units are taken. There is no formally assessed coursework.
Lessons usually follow the same pattern with core concepts being taught and discussed followed by students working through Mathematics questions. In the new Mathematics A-Level there is an increased focus on problem solving and using the Pure Mathematics skills to model real life situations.
Independent work will have to be undertaken each week to consolidate and reinforce the concepts learnt in lessons.
Year 12: Lessons take place over two option blocks with lessons split across Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Students will work towards the ‘Mathematics A Level’.
Year 13: Lessons take place over two option blocks with lessons split across Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Students will work towards the ‘Mathematics A Level’ and ‘Further Mathematics A Level’.
Students get the opportunity to enter the National Senior Mathematics Challenge each November and very able students can enter the British Mathematics Olympiad with coaching provided. We enter a team for other local and national competitions and we participate in the National Cipher Challenge. We have won prizes at all of these events. Furthermore, students wishing to progress to Mathematics degrees at Oxbridge/Warwick/Imperial will receive substantial support (typically one hour per week) in preparing for their specific entry papers.
For Further Mathematics you should have a grade 8 or 9 at GCSE.
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A higher level qualification in mathematics is very flexible; it can open up opportunities in a wide range of careers such as finance and accountancy, computing, management, technology, education and research.