Maths and Further Maths
 

Maths & Further Maths

Summary

Mathematics is the purest of all the sciences, and gives logic and reason to all the applied fields. It is the universal language that transcends culture, religion and beliefs. In your GCSE studies, you have barely scraped the surface of the types of equations and fields of study that come under the umbrella of Mathametics. At A-Level you start to meet more of these, such as Logartihms and Calculus, to build up the key mathamatical techniques you will need to study any science, technology, engineering or maths based subjects at degree level.

The course and its structure

biologyThe A-Level course has six modules (3 at AS and 3 at A2). Four of these are Core modules which develop the algebra, trigonometry and geometry elements of GCSE mathematics, whilst introducing the new areas of Calculas, Logarithms and Exponentials. Two are applied modules, usually made up from either Statistics or Machanics. In September 2016, Maths will still be on the 'old' AS/A2 scheme, where students first year exam marks count as half of their full A-Level qualification.

Typical AS Modules: Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1.
Typical A2 Modules: Core 3, Core 4 and Statistics 2. 
All are equally weighted, assessed via a 1½ hour exam in the summer.  

Further Maths

This counts as an extra A-Level, and is a must for anyone wanting to study Maths, Physics or Engineering at a leading UK university. There are an additional 6 modules studied across the two years. Two of these are further pure modules, which introduce completely new areas of mathematics from GCSE, including Matrices, Complex Numbers and Differential Equations. Four modules are applied modules, which can be made up of a combination of Statistics, Mechanics and Decision topics.

Typical AS Modules: Further Pure 1, Decision 1, Mechanics 1
Typical A2 Modules: Further Pure 2, Decision 2, Mechanics 2
All are equally weighted, assessed via a 1½ hour exam in the summer.

There is no coursework involved for either Maths or Futher Maths. 

Entry Requirements

The Academy’s general entry criteria apply. A grade B in Maths is required to study Maths A-Level, and a grade A* to study Further Maths (or A in both Maths and Additional Maths). 

Additional Information

Tutors:

Amanda Southworth - asouthworth@chapeltownacademy.com
Beth Thornton -bthornton@chapeltownacademy.com

Exam Board:

Edexcel - Website with specification and past papers here. 

Progression

Successful completion of A-Level Maths can lead to degrees and careers in the following:

Finance - Actuarial Work, Accountancy, Financial Modelling, Investment Banking 
Computing- Games Design, Internet Security,  Telecommunications 
Mathematical Biology - Population Modelling, Epidemics and Vaccination 
Engineering - Aircraft Modelling, Fluid Flows, Acoustic Engineering, Quantity Surveyor, Planner 
Teaching and Lecturing - Primary, Secondary and Further Education
Statistics - Medical Statistics, Market Research, Government Statistics
Business - Logistics, Traffic Planning, Project Management, Business Consultancy

To find out more about where maths can take you, visit the Maths Careers website.

 

Where will Maths
take me?

Many higher education courses (eg. economics, engineering and computer science) have maths as a requirement of entry or state a preference. Additionally, the combination of logic, statistics, and mechanics provides an excellent foundation in the skills required for a wide variety of careers and you will find people in industry from engineers to economists with an A-Level in Mathematics.

The leading university in the study of mathematics is Warwick, for which Further Maths is also a prerequisite. Some colleges at Cambridge also require you to have studied Further Maths at A-Level. Generally, to study Mathematics at university, you only need A-Level maths.