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What Will I Study?

This course is for year 2 students only, who originally enrolled on the A level Mathematics & Further Mathematics course (see separate prospectus entry).  After completing your study of the whole of the A level Maths content in year 1, you will have the option to study either the AS level or the full A level in Further Maths in year 2.
Students who enrol on the Maths & Further Maths option must enrol onto 2 other full A level courses.  This is to ensure that – even if you decide to only do the AS level in Further Maths in year 2 – you will still leave the College with 3 full A levels.

Whilst there is potentially some flexibility of units studied in Further Maths, it is most likely that we will agree with the class of students upon the following options:

2 units of Pure Maths

1 unit of Statistics

1 unit of Mechanics

Options

Whether you decide to take the AS level or full A level in Further Maths, the proportion of Pure Maths, Statistics and Mechanics will be the same.  The Pure Maths content includes the very valuable topics of Complex Numbers and Matrices, which are heavily involved in all university courses in mathematically related subjects.

50% Pure Maths

25% Statistics

25% Mechanics

More Info

When learning Maths, you need to do lots of practice questions to help embed the techniques and concepts. 

In lessons we will practice the techniques, and for homework these techniques will be applied to solving exam-style questions.

The weekly homework assignment will be a substantial piece of work, which will be an essential part of the course.

Assessment is through exams at the end of the two years.

Further Mathematics is useful for students considering studying degree courses in Mathematics, Physics and Engineering.  At Oxford & Cambridge universities, it is effectively essential for these three degree courses.

There are usually two or three optional trips per year to lectures (targeted at A level Maths students) at Oxford University and elsewehere.

Recent trips and events include the following:

Stephen Hawking lecture at Oxford University

"Exploring Mathematics" seminars at Royal Holloway University

"Maths in Action" lectures at Warwick University

"Maths of the Brain" lecture at Oxford University

Senior Maths Challenges

The calculator (Casio FX991 EX) is required for A level Mathematics.  It is currently sold by the College shop for £24.  This cost may increase slightly by September 2018, but it won't be a significant hike in price.

The textbooks are available online.  However, many students find the online version a little awkward to use so are happy to invest in hard copies for themselves.  The cost of the textbooks via Pearson in October 2017 was as follows:

Year 1 Pure (ISBN 9781292183398)                                 £18.66

Year 1 Statistics / Mechanics (ISBN 9781292232539)       £9.32

Year 2 Pure (ISBN 9781292183404)                                 £18.66

Year 2 Statistics / Mechanics (ISBN 9781446944073)       £9.32

Further Maths Core Pure (ISBN 9781292183336)            £18.66

Further Statistics 1  (ISBN 9781292183374)                     £18.66

Further Mechanics 1  (ISBN  9781292183312)                  £18.66

Further Pure Maths 1  (ISBN  9781292183350)                 £18.66

We were able to get a significant discount for students by bulk buying in September 2017.  However, we cannot be confident we will get such a discount in future.

Minimum grade 7 in GCSE Maths and a successful first year on “Maths & Further Mathematics”

Recent trips and events include the following:

Stephen Hawking lecture at Oxford University

"Exploring Mathematics" seminars at Royal Holloway University

"Maths in Action" lectures at Warwick University

"Maths of the Brain" lecture at Oxford University

Senior Maths Challenges

Key Facts

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FAQs

A level Further Maths cannot be taken without also taking A level Maths.  Hence, you enrol onto "A level Mathematics (for Further Maths)" and you study the whole of the A level Maths content in the first year, and then the whole of the A level Further Maths content in the second year.

Some students find that two full A levels in Maths is a bit too much, so prefer to only do the AS level in Further Maths in their second year.  This is fine, but is part of the reason we insist that all students enrolling onto "A level Maths (for Further Maths)" enrol onto 4 full A levels (Maths and Further Maths being two of the four).

No.  All exams – for the A level Maths component and the A level Further Maths component – are sat at the end of the second year.

No, you are not required to have a graphical calculator.  However, you would find one useful.  If you do wish to buy one, we would recommend the Casio FX-9860Gii.

The calculator required for the course (Casio FX991 EX) is not a graphical calculator.

The required calculator for the course is the Casio FX991 EX ("Classwiz").

Currently £24 from the College shop or £25 from Amazon.

See above for information about the option of using a graphical calculator.

Progression and Career Opportunities

People with maths and science skills are in demand. People with maths and science skills earn more. Starting salaries for science sector jobs can be as much as £32,000, putting them in the top 20% of starting salaries. People who did maths A-level earn around 10% more over their lifetime than those who did not.

Career Opportunities:

  • Data Analyst
  • Investment Analyst
  • Software Engineer
  • Statistician
  • Accountant
  • Financial Manager

 

Higher Education 93%

Employment/apprenticeships 7%

Hamish Siddons

Zoe Mitchell

(the above two students are listed on the Mathematics A level page too, so ensure you don't duplicate your contact with them)