Horsforth School Sixth Form Course Guide

Opportunity and achievement for all | Horsforth School Sixth Form 11 FURTHER MATHEMATICS OCR specification A Curriculum Leader: Mr S. Jackson Leader of Progress (KS5): Mr J. Harrisson A Level Further Mathematics is a course of study that supports the development of mathematically informed individuals. It encourages learners to think and act mathematically, using mathematical skills and forms of communication to analyse situations within mathematics and elsewhere.The course provides a balance between breadth and depth of mathematical knowledge.The pure core provides the foundations for further mathematical study, onto which learners add two options taken from Statistics, Mechanics, Discrete Mathematics and Additional Pure Mathematics.These options provide flexibility to prepare students for further study and employment in a wide range of highly mathematical disciplines that require knowledge and understanding of sophisticated mathematical ideas and techniques. A Level Further Mathematics is designed for students who wish to study beyond A Level Mathematics, and provides a solid foundation for progression into further study particularly in mathematics, engineering, computer science, the sciences and economics. A Level Further Mathematics is both broader and deeper than A Level Mathematics, building upon GCSE (9–1) Mathematics and A Level Mathematics. As well as building on the algebra and calculus introduced in A Level Mathematics, the A Level Further Mathematics pure core content introduces complex numbers and matrices; fundamental mathematical ideas with wide applications in mathematics, engineering, physical sciences and computing. The non-pure content includes different options that can enable learners to specialise in areas of mathematics that are particularly relevant to their interests and future aspirations, and gives learners the opportunity to extend their knowledge in applied mathematics and logical reasoning. Whilst most students will complete the A Level qualification over two years some learners may wish to follow a Further Mathematics course only up to AS Level as a fourth subject inYear 12 order to broaden their curriculum and to develop their interest and understanding of different areas of the subject. Internal Assessment Each unit from the scheme of work is internally assessed by a short, timed assessment which is used to track progress. Students will also sit formal mock examinations. External Assessment There is no coursework assessment. Year 12 (AS Level): • Most students would not opt to sit external exams in the summer of Year 12. • AS Level exam grades do not count toward the full A Level qualification. • Paper 1 (Pure Core): 60 marks, 70 mins written paper, 1/3 of AS Level qualification. • Paper 2 (*Option 1): 60 marks, 70 mins written paper, 1/3 of AS Level qualification. • Paper 3 (*Option 2): 60 marks, 70 mins written paper, 1/3 of AS Level qualification. • *Students will study two “optional areas” chosen from Statistics, Mechanics, Discrete Mathematics and Additional Pure Mathematics. Year 13 (A Level): • Paper 1 (Pure Core 1): 75 marks, 90 mins written paper, 1/4 of AS Level qualification. • Paper 2 (Pure Core 2): 75 marks, 90 mins written paper, 1/4 of AS Level qualification. • Paper 3 (*Option 1): 75 marks, 90 mins written paper, 1/4 of AS Level qualification. • Paper 4 (*Option 2): 75 marks, 90 mins written paper, 1/4 of AS Level qualification. • *Students will study any two areas chosen from Statistics, Mechanics, Discrete Mathematics and Additional Pure Mathematics. Additional Information • Students studying Further Mathematics must also be studying Mathematics. • The study of Further Mathematics is a big advantage for students considering a Mathematics degree and very useful for those considering careers in engineering, physical sciences or computing. • The Further Mathematics course is delivered in partnership with Benton Park School, Rawdon. Entry requirements Grade 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics.

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