• Each year, approximately 350 students study maths in the Sixth Form. There are currently seven Year 12 and seven Year 13 groups studying Single Maths (A Level Maths) and two Year 12 and two Year 13 groups studying Double Maths (Maths and Further Maths). Students opting for the latter have double the teaching time of the single option.

    Double Maths (from September 2017) A Level Mathematics Edexcel 9MA0 A Level Further Mathematics Edexcel 9FM0
    (AS Level Further Mathematics Edexcel 8FM0 is embedded but is not a formal option at Latymer)

    The A Level Further Mathematics syllabus is designed to enable students to develop mathematical understanding; to reason logically; to generalise and construct proofs; to recognise how different areas of mathematics are connected; to apply mathematics and recognise its significance to other disciplines, and to model ‘real world’ problems. Students choosing Further Mathematics will complete A Level Mathematics in Year 12 first. A variety of Further Pure Maths, Mechanics, and Statistics topics are studied. The table shows what is required for Edexcel AS/A Level Further Mathematics.

    Code Award Content studied
    8FM0 AS Level Further Maths ½ Pure(one 1 2/3 hour exam) + ½ Pure/Statistics/Mechanics/Decision (one 1 2/3 hour exam)
    9FM0 A Level Further Maths ½ Pure(two 1 1/2 hour exams) + ½ Statistics/Mechanics/Decision (two 1 1/2 hour exams)
  • Problem solving; analysis; proof; logical thinking; modelling. Application of Number and Problem Solving are endemic in all areas of maths. Communication skills and ICT are embedded within Statistics.

  • Statistics, Mechanics, and Decision Maths are options and form 50% of the course

  • Each group has four teachers. Two teach Further Pure, one teaches Mechanics, and the other teaches Statistics.

  • Minimum grade 8.
    Excellent algebraic skills are imperative.
    (To guarantee a place on the course students require grade 9. We will consider individual circumstances for those who achieve a grade 8.)

  • A Level Maths exams are taken in May/June of Year 12. A Level Further Maths exams are completed in May/June of Year 13. In light of Year 12 A Level Maths results, students may not be permitted to continue with the full Further Maths A Level. For these students, AS Level Further Maths may be offered and these exams would be taken in May/June of Year 13.

  • Many students from Latymer with A Level Further Mathematics proceed to Degree courses. Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Engineering, Natural Science, Computing, Management and Finance, are some which immediately come to mind as areas which would benefit from or even expect a high level of mathematical competence. Other subjects where a mathematics qualification is increasingly important include Economics, Social Science, and Psychology. In the workplace mathematicians are sought after for their numeracy, their logic, their problem solving, analytical and administrative skills.

    Students hoping to proceed to a top University such as Cambridge or Warwick to study Mathematics or Engineering must take A Level Further Mathematics.