Maths & Further Maths

Overview

Studying maths beyond GCSE has a host of advantages for your future, so if you enjoy the subject and have done well so far, then we strongly advise you to continue.

Maths at this level is a highly versatile qualification that is not only well-respected by employers but also opens up your choices when going on to university.

An A Level in Maths is valuable as a supporting subject to many courses at advanced level and degree level, especially in the sciences, geography, psychology, sociology and medical courses.

The A Level course will develop your ability to solve a range of problems, and to spot mathematical patterns as well as introducing you to techniques for proving mathematical statements. In both years, you’ll study pure maths, statistics and mechanics, with the second year building very closely on skills and knowledge from the first year.

What we’ll study

Pure maths extends your knowledge of algebra and trigonometry and introduces concepts such as calculus.

Mechanics covers mathematically describing the motion of objects and the forces at play in the movement of everything from space satellites to cars. This area of maths paves the way for further study into modern fields such as cybernetics as well as more traditional areas of engineering and physics.

Statistics will extend what you studied at GCSE and build on the knowledge gained in studying pure maths to equip you with skills applicable to working in a range of industries.

Your future

Achieving A Level Maths will further open up your university study options and employment opportunities in areas such as science, engineering and manufacturing. Employers value the analytical and logical thinking of maths students. Your numeracy skills and your ability to interpret data are highly sought after.

How you’ll be assessed

A Level Maths is assessed through three two hour exams towards the end of year two.

Factfile

Level: AS and A Level

Entry Requirements:

General College entry requirements.

Essential GCSE Maths grade 6 or above

An A Level in Maths is valuable as a supporting subject to many courses at advanced level and degree level, including sciences, economics, engineering, psychology, and medical courses. Achieving A Level Maths will open up your university study options and employment opportunities in areas such as science, engineering and manufacturing. Employers value the analytical and logical thinking of maths students. Your numeracy skills and your ability to interpret data are highly sought after.

To discuss your qualifications with us, please get in touch.

Contact: Dr J Burgess, Miss L Hill, Mrs E Johnson

Email: jbg@holycross.ac.uk, ljh@holycross.ac.uk

Overview

If you really enjoy maths, then Further Maths will give you the opportunity to delve deeper into your subject.

Further Maths will support your studies in A Level Maths and is likely to improve your marks as you will spend so much time developing your mathematical skills and knowledge.

What we’ll study

You’ll be looking at areas like further pure maths, statistics, mechanics or decision maths on this course, depending on which modules you choose.

Units covered in A2 Further Maths are based on

• Two compulsory Further Pure modules

• Applied options which may include more Further Pure Modules, Statistics, Mechanics or Decision Maths.

The Maths Department is extremely enthusiastic about Mathematics and offers a range of enrichment activities including:

• A weekly Maths Working Group which looks at a range of topics and problems which bridge the gap between A Level and University Mathematics.

• Support for Oxbridge candidates

• Opportunity for all students to take the Senior Maths Challenge organised by the UK Mathematics Trust (with training sessions provided)

• An annual trip to London organised by the Maths Department

• Attendance at local Maths Inspiration lectures

• Occasional activities which recently involved the practical study of surfaces formed by bubbles.

Your future

If you’re planning on going on to university to study for a degree in subjects such as computing, engineering, finance, economics, engineering, sciences or even maths then there are strong benefits to taking Further Maths. Even if you only take it to the AS level, maths areas that are part of these university subjects’ first years are covered in this course. You’ll be laying the groundwork for that first year and you should find the transition from sixth form to university far more comfortable.

The most prestigious universities require Further Maths for some courses, so if you know where you want to go, check what A Levels they want from you for the subject you want to study there.

How you’ll be assessed

For A Level Further Maths you will be assessed through four 2 hour exams towards the end of year two.

Factfile

Level: AS & A Level

Further Maths is a challenging qualification, but is also highly rewarding and you’ll reap benefits when you come to apply for university, especially if you’re interested in studying Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths related subjects (aka STEM). Areas we cover in Further Maths are studied in more depth at university and so higher education institutions welcome Further Maths. Employers equally value this qualification as an indicator of high academic ability.

Entry Requirements:

General College entry requirements.

GCSE Maths grade 7 (8 recommended).

Great subjects to partner Further Maths A Level:

This course both extends and deepens your knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A Level Maths.

To discuss whether Further Maths is right for you, please get in touch.

Contact: Dr J Burgess, Miss L Hill, Mrs E Johnson

Email: jbg@holycross.ac.uk  ljh@holycross.ac.uk  elj@holycross.ac.uk

For more information contact

Name: Dr. J. Burgess
Email: jbg@holycross.ac.uk
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