|Course Title||AS/A Level Further Mathematics|
Those interested in Maths can study A Level Further Mathematics alongside A Level Mathematics. This course is suitable for keen and able mathematicians and is particularly suited to those who are confident that they want to pursue a career in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science or related disciplines. The A Level Further Mathematics Study Programme builds on the topics covered in A Level Mathematics as well as introducing new and challenging ideas and concepts. As with A Level Mathematics there is a large emphasis on Pure Maths with the remaining exams being optional topics chosen from Pure, Statistics, Mechanics or Decision Maths. Decision Maths includes topics relevant to Computing, Business and Economics.
There really is no "typical job" that maths graduates progress on to. Mathematics is more of a way of thinking, or a set of tools, than a specific learned skill. However, a mathematician's logical, problem-solving and numerical skills are highly sought after in many different areas of employment. Mathematics is an excellent qualification to have for a wide variety of higher education courses and careers. It is vital if you wish to study Mathematics or Engineering at university and is advisable for Economics, Business, Banking, Accountancy, Design, Engineering, Statistics, Computing, IT and Sciences. If you study mathematics your skills will also be welcomed for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Teaching, Technology and Architecture.
The minimum entry requirements for access to an A Level Study Programme will be two subjects at grade B (or grade 5) including GCSE English and four subjects at grade C (or grade 4) and GCSE maths grade A*-A (9-7). Please note: students applying for Further Mathematics must also apply for Mathematics.
The A Level is a full-time two-year programme, starting in September, with the opportunity to take AS after one year.
You will be assessed with two exams at the end of year one for the AS qualification, and three exams at the end of year two. Each exam will be externally set and contain elements from the pure and applied sections of the course.
Employers value mathematics graduates or those with qualifications beyond GCSE level because they assume correctly that such people can use numeracy skills and handle data effectively to demonstrate a case, that they can show initiative in problem solving and that they can work independently and as part of a team in carrying out their work. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to solve problems by breaking them down into smaller parts and to identify key components of solutions. Work on statistics provides the opportunity for you to become adept in producing evidence to support or argue against a point. This will include the use of technology and spreadsheets to assist in your solutions. A qualified mathematician who is well informed and is able to work independently whilst also being able to communicate effectively and take on board the ideas of others will be an excellent asset to an employer. English and communication skills will be continually developed as you will be involved in discussions and must be able to explain your reasoning and assumptions in a structured and coherent manner to support your calculations.
Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals.
Your Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. Enrichment includes guest speakers and trips/visits. You will have the opportunity to take part in competitions such as the BEBRAS Challenge and the UKMT Individual and Team Challenges. For students that are more able, there is also the opportunity to take part in the Senior Kangaroo challenge.
A graphical calculator that has the ability to store and retrieve statistical tables of information and draw graphs will be required.
A former A Level student has achieved career success and joins the Bury College Alumni network as she campaigns to encourage young women to achieve as engineers.