Mathematics & Further Mathematics

Examination Board

Edexcel

Specific Course Requirements

For ‘A’ Level Mathematics the requirement is a grade 7 (or better) at GCSE mathematics.
For Further Mathematics the requirement is a grade 9 for GCSE Mathematics.

Course Content

Pure Mathematics includes Algebra and functions, Sequences and Series, Advanced Algebra, Proof, Graphs, Vectors, Trigonometry, Calculus, numerical methods, co-ordinate Geometry, Exponentials and Logarithms. Statistics includes Probability, Binomial, Normal and Poisson distributions, Representation and summary of data, correlation and regression of bivariate data.  Mechanics covers a number of topics such as applications of kinematics involving constant acceleration, application of forces, Newtons Laws and moments.

What do I need to know, or be able to do, to study this course?

A secure understanding of all aspects of the Higher Level GCSE is necessary. In particular, confident understanding and handling of trigonometry, indices and algebraic topics such as Quadratic Factorisation, Simultaneous Equations and Algebraic Fraction manipulation are essential, as these skills form the foundation skills to understanding many ‘A’ Level Mathematics topics. If you don’t like Algebra, then ‘A’ Level Mathematics is not for you!

How will I be assessed on this course?

External assessment is by written examination at the end of the 2-year course.  There will be 3 separate 2-hour papers. Internal assessment is by regular topic or bi-topic tests within the separate disciplines.

What could I do with a qualification in this subject?

‘A’ Level Mathematics has always been a popular and enjoyable option at JFS.  Its benefits are also numerous, students go into Higher Education to study a variety of Mathematics related topics such as Engineering, Computer Science, Dentistry and Business.  ‘A’ Level Mathematics is also a welcome qualification for entry to Medicine, Law and Economics and Politics.

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What support is offered?

Teachers offer an ‘open door’ policy. This means that students who have encountered problems can come along and seek help at appropriate times in order to help with their understanding.

What is the expectation regarding homework?

Students will complete the vast majority of the exercises set as homework. As a result students can expect to spend an average 2 hours per exercise. In total we would expect students to be spending between 8 and 12 hours on the Mathematics work per week. 

Current information for Year 12 and 13 teaching is based on the old specification.  'A' Level Mathematics exam board content is hoping to achieve Ofqual accreditation by early 2017.  The content that will be taught on a termly basis will be subject to change for this reason.  Information will be updated at a later date.