A Level Pathways
Our A Level subjects are clustered into pathways to help guide you towards your career goal.
This A Level is included within the following A Level pathways as an ADDITIONAL subject: Engineering; Financial Academy; Medical Health; Maths, Physics and Computer Science; STEM and Healthcare. (Other options may also be available, depending on timetabling).
About the course
“It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul” — Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician.
Taking a second A-level in further maths opens you to deeper insights into mathematics that enable you more fully understand the world around you and its intricate workings.
The Further Maths course runs in parallel with the A-Level course and introduces a range of new topics such as complex numbers, matrices, three dimensional geometry, differential equations, and hyperbolic functions. All of these are increasingly important in a world that is becoming dominated by computing and cutting edge scientific discoveries.
The structure of the course is similar to the A-level maths, in that there is a pure section and an applied section that consists of statistics and mechanics.
As with the A-Level maths, all lesson material is available electronically enabling students to have access at any time and from any place. This is done using One Note to record all lecture notes, and for uploading and subsequent marking of student work. This allows all students to have a digital folder of all their studying.
Lectures are recorded to aid revision and catch-up.
There is extensive material available online from the college’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), the MEI Integral maths web site and the Cambridge Elevate online textbooks.
Additional classes for support and extension
Students can contact lecturers through Teams at any time for help.
Mind Stretching maths classes are run to explore maths beyond the A-level syllabus.
STEP support classes are provided.
When doing further maths, you will study maths in two pools, so giving you 9 hours of maths per week in your first year and 10 hours per week in your second. You should plan on spending an equivalent time on homework and private study, making full use of the extensive resources available to you.
Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above. To study Further Maths alongside Maths you will need to have a grade 7/A in GCSE Maths.
Good Further Maths students are those that are willing to grapple with problems and are prepared to learn from their mistakes and failures that they make along to the way to a solution.
Past students have gone on to study a wide range of subjects at Oxford, Cambridge and other top universities.
Many of the top universities require Further Maths for courses such as Physics, computing science, mathematical sciences, etc.
Maths is the gateway subject to a wide range of interesting and rewarding careers, such as engineering, sciences, actuarial, risk analytics, finance, etc.
Work experience and employability
This course does not contain a specific work experience component but inherently has activities that are essential to employability skills. Our Employability Team can help you find local work placements that will support the course if needed.
What additional resources will I need?
You will need your own stationary and a calculator. You are expect to have a Casio fx-991EX Classwiz calculator. The exam questions are written on the assumption that you have one of these and are able to make full use of its functionality.
This course is free to students aged 16-18.
Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.
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