Awarding Body:OCRCourse Duration:1/2 Years

Minimum Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Grades A*- C including English plus Grade A or A* in GCSE Mathematics.

A certain level of algebraic skill is required for Further Maths. You will be given an extensive task to complete after Taster Day in order to practise the appropriate skills before you begin your course.

Course Content

This is TWO subject choices and leads to two AS levels. AS Further Mathematics cannot be studied without AS Maths. You will need at least an A grade in Maths GCSE to study AS Further Maths. In this additional course you will study three further modules - Further Pure 1, Mechanics 1 and Decision Mathematics 1. You will meet new mathematical objects such as matrices and complex numbers and take a more rigorous approach to proving results.

Methods of Teaching

Lessons will be varied, comprising investigations, class discussions, checking progress with mini-white boards and the practice that makes perfect. The graphic calculator offers tools for deeptning our understanding, checking our working and saving us time. You will have opportunities to develop your calculator skills in lessons. Your teacher will show you how to make effective use of the department intranet. The subject content will be assessed regularly by means of tests and assignments.

There is a well-resourced workshop, available every lunchtime for students, to gain additional support. Teachers and upper sixth students present at each session to offer you help.

Methods and Patterns of Assessment

There is no coursework in this AS course. In the A2 Maths there is one piece of coursework in the Core 3 module (completed in June/July of first year).

Financial Implications

You will need to purchase your own textbooks, stationery and a graphical calculator. The College sells the Casio fx9750 model for about £50.

The College has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.

Career Progression

Success in Further Mathematics is expected for highly mathematical degree courses at the most selective universities. Those with an appetite for two maths A levels, applying for Mathematics, Engineering, Computing, or Physics degrees would also find Further Maths advantageous.

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