Maths (Further): A-level
Exam Board: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Grade 7 or above in GCSE Maths.
Consistently outstanding teaching and learning
Further Mathematics demands a real love for the subject–and that shines through from both our staff and students. In 2016 all of our students achieved A*, A or B grades, and in 2017 92% achieved A*, A or B grades.
Our experienced, committed and passionate teaching teams ensure that students who take this subject really do get to stretch and challenge themselves. That includes providing extensive support to students all year round, to ensure they achieve success.
Silverdale is fortunate in having a range of enthusiastic and highly experienced A-level teachers who, between them, have over 100 years of experience of teaching A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
Further Maths is equivalent to two A-levels. It incorporates the entirety of the Maths A-Level and the more challenging Further Maths A-level. Students will begin covering roughly the same content as the Maths A-level (see page 34), but at a significantly faster pace, to allow for the increased amount of content.
The Further Maths course both extends and deepens students’ knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A-level Maths. If you enjoy mathematics, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and/ or more sophisticated mathematical concepts. As well as learning new areas of pure maths you will study further applications of maths in mechanics and statistics.
Further Maths students will have lessons in the purple and blue bands of the Options Blocks, and can therefore choose two other subjects from the other bands. Further Maths counts as two full A-levels, so students choosing it will take four A-levels in total. Further Maths students have a total of 16 lessons over the fortnight.
Beyond the classroom
Our Maths department has friendly, supportive staff who frequently run support sessions for students outside of class. Interventions and revision sessions are held near exam time on specific modules. Every year the department enters both individual students and teams in the national Maths Challenge competition.
Numerous students have gone on to study mathematics or a mathematics related degree at highly prestigious universities, with successful admissions to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.
Mathematics helps us in all aspects of life, whether it be when we’re out shopping, adapting a recipe or general problem solving, so Mathematics will aid all students whatever path they choose to take. Students who enjoy Mathematics can go onto study any of the following courses at University:
- Any engineering related course.
- Any science related courses.
- Any business/ economics courses.
- Any computing courses.
Also, many employers favour applicants who have a good mathematics background. Employers generally want to employ people who have shown that they can solve problems and a solid maths qualification provides this proof.