A Level – Further Mathematics
This course is for you if you are confident of achieving a very high grade at GCSE Maths.
- Who Is This Course For?
This course is for you if you are confident of achieving a very high grade at GCSE Maths. It is designed for students who really enjoy Mathematics and want to widen their experience. It both deepens and broadens Mathematical knowledge and develop a wide range of ideas alongside A level Mathematics. In particular, the course is highly suitable for students who wish to study Mathematics or Engineering at a Russell Group University.
- Course Details:
The new A Level course is made up of a prescribed core of pure maths topics and a series of units chosen to meet our student’s needs.
All exams are in the summer of your second year. This course is more difficult than A Level Maths, it explores a wider range of mathematical topics, some of which will be completely different to what you have covered before, and it demands a robust approach to mathematical techniques and notation.
The pure Maths units introduce ideas such as complex numbers and matrices, building on the Algebra, graphs and Trigonometry from GCSE, and A Level Maths. Further Maths takes forward ideas such as complex numbers and matrices introduced in the first year, and introduces ideas such as differential equations. It also expands the algebraic and calculus work of A Level Mathematics. While many of the ideas you will meet in pure maths are interesting in their own right, they also serve as an important foundation for other branches of maths, especially mechanics and statistics.
The units we offer are reviewed regularly to meet the needs of our students.
The new syllabus will offer a range of options from the more in-depth study of pure topics to the expansion of the applied ideas covered in the A level Mathematics course.
How the course is delivered
Each group is taught by a specialist maths teacher each year. This means students have one teacher for the further maths A Level, another for their A Level Maths lessons. These classes are paired together , so the class for the Further Mathematics is the same group of students as the A level Mathematics. This allows us to avoid overlap in the delivery and adapt the curriculum to suit both courses.
Support outside lessons is available, both informally and formally. Regular “maths clinic” sessions are run during the college week and all of the department are available for support at lunchtime.
The Maths Department offers a number of enrichment activities:
The Individual Senior Maths Challenge takes place in the autumn term.
The Team Challenge involves our students competing against other maths students both at a regional and national level.
The Advanced Extension Award is designed to challenge the top 10% of students and is offered to all students excelling in their A level Maths course.
We also run an engineering enrichment aimed at students who want to go on to careers using maths and physics, but are not certain what choice to make. It is a series of external speakers talking about a variety of careers. This includes a wide variety of talks, examples include; civil engineering; financial mathematical modelling; operating a production plant; designing and testing artificial body tissues.
We also take a group of students to the Maths Enrichment talks in Leeds each year. These are always very popular and include topics such as “the maths of juggling”, “musical maths”, and “the maths behind the dam busters”.
New for 2016 was the international residential visit to Florence. Highlights will include The Garden of Archimedes, The Galileo Museum and the Tower of Pisa.
The Maths department at Wyke Sixth Form College
We’re based in five dedicated rooms in the Wilson building. Between us we have over 75 years of teaching experience. We have degrees from Imperial College, York, East Anglia, Sheffield and Durham.
Peter Edge – Head of A Level Mathematics
Sally White – Head of GCSE Mathematics
Our other courses
Our other Maths courses are;
Maths A Level – A requirement to study the Further Mathematics course.
Core Maths level 3 (Mathematical Studies) – Equivalent to half an A level and looks at the applications of mathematics.
Foundation GCSE – For those who need to retake GCSE.
Numeracy level 1 – For those building up to GCSE level.
What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?
Many Further Maths students enjoy extending their knowledge of maths and there are many ways of doing this including use of websites such as; www.nrich.co.uk www.furthermaths.org.uk and reading mathematical books by authors such as; Alex Bellos, Marcus Du Sautoy, Simon Singh.
What our students have said….
“Maths is always challenging but with the fantastic teachers and support available, every aspect is easier” Brandon Bone
“Intriguing challenging, fun” Natalie Wilson
“Its great how everything you learn fits together” Andrew Houghton
“One does not walk out of maths unhappy” James Carr
“Further maths expands your mathematical knowledge and introduces you to a different way of thinking” Elliot Tennison
“I’ve enjoyed the course immensely, Further Maths is the most interesting course I have done and the teachers are amazing” Hash Rehman
“It’s challenging but very satisfying” Rebecca Brown
Having a qualification in Further Mathematics in addition to your A level Mathematics will give you an advantage in a variety of careers and is critical for some degrees.
The greater experience of the sophisticated algebraic, statistical and mechanical ideas will increase your ability to succeed in Higher Education courses which make use of this level of Mathematics. These courses or careers include: Maths, Engineering, Physics, Computing and ICT.
60% of our students achieved high grades in 2017. With students going on to study Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Physics with Astrophysics, attending universities such as Cambridge, York, Durham and Sheffield.
- Course Showcase:
In 2016 the Maths Department visited Tuscany, Italy to explore the work of renowned Mathematicians.
Staff and students from the Wyke Maths Department review the Maths Inspiration event held at the Leeds Playhouse.