Course Title AS/A Level Further Mathematics
Level: 3
Code MS025

Overview of the Course

Students 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 course 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.

What are the career opportunities?

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.

What are the entry requirements?

To study A Levels at Bury College you must obtain a minimum of six GCSE grades. These must include 4/5 in English Language and mathematics (minimum combined total of 9 points). Plus, a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. As well as a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 5 or higher.

In addition to these entry requirements, you must have GCSE Maths grade 9-7 (A*-A). Please note: students studying AS Further Mathematics must also study AS Mathematics.

How long is the course and when can I start?

This course will start in September and you will study for two years to achieve the full A Level.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

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.

What employability skills will I develop on this 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

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.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

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.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

A graphical calculator that has the ability to store and retrieve statistical tables of information and draw graphs will be required.

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