Further Maths
Mathematics in Context
What do I need to study the course? You should ENJOY mathematics and you must have studied the higher level paper and gained at least a grade B. What does the course involve? Year 12 - AS (All assessment is by exam (Edexcel). At present there are 3 modules studied in year 12: C1 (core maths 1) Indices & surds Polynomials Coordinate geometry & graphs Differentiation C2 (core maths 2) Integration Trigonometry Sequences & Series Algebra S1 (Probability & statistics 1) Representation of data Probability Discrete random variables Bivariate data A2 is similar in year 13 with modules C3 and C4 (compulsory core modules) and M1 (Mechanics 1). What next? In research it has been found that people with an A-level in maths earn 10% more than those without! What better reason can you have for studying maths at A-level? Many University courses demand maths A-level e.g. Maths, Computing, Engineering, Medicine etc. Maths is also highly valued by prospective employers.
What do I need to study the course? You should LOVE mathematics and you should have grade A or A* at GCSE NOTE: Further Mathematics is an AS qualification which both broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in AS/A level Mathematics. AS Further Mathematics is designed to be learnt alongside A-level Mathematics in year 12 and 13. What does the course involve? Year 12 - AS (All assessment is by exam (Edexcel) At present there is 1 module examined in year 12, and FP1 will be studied: D1 (Decision maths 1) Algorithms Graph Theory Networks Linear programming FP1 (core maths 1) Matrices Induction Complex numbers Series Roots of polynomial equations Year 13 will involve studying FP1 and M2 modules What next? Why study Further Mathematics? Students taking Further Mathematics overwhelmingly find it to be an enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience. For someone who enjoys mathematics, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and/or more sophisticated mathematical concepts. It enables students to distinguish themselves as able mathematicians in the university and employment market. It makes the transition to a mathematics-rich university course easier. Some prestigious university courses will only accept students with Further Mathematics qualifications. Any student planning to take a mathematics-rich degree (this covers a very wide range of academic areas - Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., as well as Mathematics itself) will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics AS level. Students who are not planning to study for mathematics-rich degrees but who are keen on mathematics will find Further Mathematics a very enjoyable course and having a Further Mathematics qualification identifies students as having excellent analytical skills, whatever area they plan to study or work within
This is a vocational course What do I need to study the course? You should enjoy Maths, and want to carry on post 16. You need to have achieved at least a grade C. It is a level 3 qualification with UCAS points equivalent to an AS level. What does the course involve? Paper 1: Comprehension 40% of the total qualification Overview of content : applications of statistics probability linear programming sequences and growth. Paper 2: Applications : 60% of the total qualification 2 sections and a source booklet. The source booklet will detail one themed task in Section A – this will be the same as one of the contexts provided in Paper 1. Students will need to refer to the source booklet when answering the question. Section B will contain three tasks, each of which has a separate theme. The four themes will be assessed in the written paper, which requires students to apply their problem-solving skills in order to answer the questions. Why study Mathematics in Context? The core maths qualifications, backed by some of the country’s biggest employers, are designed to give young people the maths knowledge they need in everyday life by preparing them and equipping them with the mathematics requirements for a number of higher education courses, higher apprenticeships in a wide range of industry sectors, professional training and university. Giving skills to support pupils if they want to run their own business or lead a company. increase their confidence in managing personal finances: interest rates, mortgage repayments, tax affairs understand the best approach to use to solve problems across a range of workplace and commercial settings present real-life situations in mathematical terms and use their own skills to answer related questions and issues
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