Core Maths is a single year course that is run to allow any student in the Sixth Form access to a Maths qualification. The course is intended for those that achieve a grade 4 or better at GCSE but do not wish to study the Maths A-Level. There is a key focus on ‘Real Life’ Maths, so students will study mortgages, personal finance, calculating taxes and interest rates. The course also helps to develop students’ mathematical skills and thinking and supports courses such as A-level Psychology, Sciences and Geography as well as technical and vocational qualifications.
Further Mathematics is usually taken by students who have a grade 9 or grade 8, but cases where a student has a good grade 7 at GCSE will be considered.
Students will need a Casio Classwiz FX-991 or better for the course. Some may wish to purchase a Graphing Calculator such as the Casio CG-50 Graphing Calculator but they are expensive. Students will also need Desmos downloaded on their iPads. Financial assistance may be available through the bursary scheme.
Students will need to have strong independent studying skills and must be willing to seek help outside of lessons on a regular basis. Students must have a complete understanding of the GCSE Maths content and must be comfortable dealing with complex algebraic manipulation.
Further Maths is assessed by 3 exams at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are 100 marks each of Pure Mathematics and then Paper 3 is the applied Papers and that is 50 marks from 2 of the 3 Applied units: Discrete, Statistics and Mechanics
Similar to the guide for A level Maths, having an A level in Further Maths will not close any doors. It is highly desirable for students who may wish to apply for Science based courses at some of the UK’s top universities however. It is also a popular choice for students applying for courses in Economics, Computer Science, Engineering and Finance
WHAT DO OUR STUDENTS SAY:
‘Further Maths has proved to be a very difficult but a highly rewarding course, it has been challenging at times and some of the Further Pure content takes time to understand but with support both in and out of lessons I have been able to get there with it. As well as being a really desirable qualification for my UCAS application it has also helped my normal A-Level Maths understanding and at times has made the Pure content in the normal Maths A-Level seem easy!’ Year 13.