Further mA*ths Online Programme
About the Further mA*ths Online Programme
Through this programme you will:
- Develop the skills you need to achieve an A* in A-level Further Mathematics.
- Build your confidence to apply to universities that require an A* in Further Mathematics for your chosen subject.
During the programme, you will receive tailored online support, including online mentoring and face-to-face masterclasses at Imperial College London. This initiative runs in collaboration with Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI).
We run two cohorts for the programme: one for year 12 students and one for year 13 students.
Please note: This programme is for students studying A-level Further Mathematics.
We also run an A-level Mathematics programme. Although you can apply to both programmes, you will only be allowed a place on one. Therefore, we encourage students to think carefully before they apply and to try to select the programme they would most like to participate in.
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mA*ths and Further mA*ths Online Programmes
What to expect
Year 12 programme
One-day introductory masterclass
Here, you will begin to explore elements of A-Level Further Mathematics, looking at the transition from GCSE to A-level.
You will take part in workshops based on topics from the A-level Further Mathematics curriculum to support your learning. Sessions will be run by Imperial academics and students, as well as partners from MEI.
When: Saturday 13th January 2024.
Two eight-week Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
These courses have been carefully designed to fit with the A-level Further Mathematics curriculum, focusing on some of the key topics and trickier content, in a structured series.
Content is delivered in a variety of ways including videos, practice questions and assessments, covering a range of methods and applications. You will also receive ongoing online mentoring from current Imperial students.
When: During the spring or summer term.
Closing one-day masterclass
This will focus on the awkward and difficult topics from A-level Further Mathematics.
The day will include workshops supported by Imperial academics, the Imperial student mentors and external partners from MEI.
When: Saturday 18th May 2024.
Year 13 programme
One-day introductory masterclass
This event will involve further workshops based on topics from the A-level Further Mathematics curriculum to continue to support your learning.
The sessions will be supported by Imperial academics and students as well as partners from MEI.
When: Saturday 21st October 2023.
Two eight-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs)
These will continue to look at the A-level Further Mathematics curriculum and work through the more challenging topics.
The material will be delivered through a range of methods and feature practice questions and assessments to track progress. You will also receive online mentoring from current Imperial students.
When: Autumn and spring term.
One-day closing masterclass
This gives you a final opportunity to work on topics from your A-level Further Mathematics course that you may be struggling with.
You will work with Imperial academics and students, as well as partners from MEI. The day is designed to give you confidence as you approach your final A-level examinations.
When: Saturday 9th March 2024.
We are looking forward to seeing applications from students with a passion for Mathematics.
You must meet the following requirements:
- If applying for the year 12 cohort you must currently be in year 12, and if you’re applying to the year 13 cohort you must currently be in year 13
- You must be studying at least three A-levels, including Mathematics and Further Mathematics
- You have achieved eight GCSEs with a minimum of six GCSEs graded at 7-9 (or A/A* level), including Science and Mathematics
- You are capable of achieving an A grade in A-level Further Mathematics, even if you may not feel certain of this
- You are willing to travel to Imperial up to two times a year on scheduled weekend dates
- You are planning to apply for university courses with a large mathematical component
This outreach programme supported by the Hg Foundation, aims to support UK state school students from backgrounds under-represented at university and Imperial. We use the criteria below to assess who is eligible to participate. The more criteria you meet, the more likely your application will be successful.
We will prioritise your application if:
- You have been in care
- You live independently (estranged), meaning you no longer have the support of your family due to a breakdown in the relationship which has led to ceased contact
We will also assess whether:
- You are a young carer and have caring responsibilities for a close relative with a disability, long-term illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem that is a significant demand on your time
- Your family income is below £50,000 each year
- You are eligible for free school meals and/or pupil premium
- Your parents/guardians did not attend university
- You live in a neighbourhood with low overall progression rates to higher education (POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2 areas) or high levels of deprivation (IMD Quintile 1 areas)
- Your school has a high percentage of students receiving free school meals
- Your school has below average attainment
You do not have to be based in London to apply to the programme. Due to the large online element, we strongly encourage applications from students across the country.
How to apply
Applications for our Y12 programme are now closed. If you have applied to the programme, we will let you know if your application has been successful by 6 December 2023 (please note programme dates above in What to Expect)
Applications for the Y13 programme are now closed.
You will need to create a personal account prior to making an application.
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Making your application
You will need to know:
- whether you are eligible for free school meals
- your household income
- whether your parents/guardians have attended university
- your parent/guardian contact details (email, address, phone number);
- A teacher reference contact detail (email address)
Please do inform your parent/guardian of your interest in the programme before making an application. They may wish to read our parent/guardian FAQs.