A Level Further Maths
Further Mathematics is an AS/A level qualification which both broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in A level Mathematics. AS level Further Mathematics is designed to be learnt alongside AS level Mathematics in year 12, and can become a full A level in its own right. Students taking Further Mathematics overwhelmingly find it to be an enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience. If you enjoy Mathematics, it will provide a challenge and a chance to explore new and more sophisticated mathematical concepts. It will enable you to distinguish yourself as a gifted mathematician when applying to university and later in the employment market. It also has the benefit of making the transition to a Mathematics rich university course much easier. Studying Further Mathematics will also boost your performance in AS/A level Mathematics, which must be taken along side Further Mathematics.
What can this course lead to?
If you are planning to take a Mathematics rich degree (this covers a very wide range of academic areas - Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., as well as Mathematics itself) it will be of enormous benefit to take Further Mathematics, at least to AS level. Some prestigious university courses will only accept students with Further Mathematics qualifications, so it is essential you check with the university you wish to attend if it is expected for the course you wish to study. Further Maths is also a good addition for those considering degrees in Medicine or Veterinary Science.
Unit content [Exam Board: Edexcel]
UNIT 1 [AS] Further Maths 1: Complex Numbers,Parametric equations, Matrix algebra, Proof by induction,
UNIT 2 [AS] Decision & Discrete: Algorithms, Networks, Route inspection, Critical path analysis, Linear programming.
UNIT 3 [AS] Further Maths 2: De Moivre’s theorem, Differential equations, Polar coordinates, Maclaurian & Taylor series.
UNIT 4 [A2] Statistics 2: Binomial & Poisson distributions, Populations & sampling, Hypothesis testing
UNIT 5 [A2] Mechanics 2: Projectiles, Centre of Mass, Work, energy and power, Collisions, Statics
UNIT 6 [A2] Further Maths 2: Hyperbolic Functions, Further Calculus, Vectors, Eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
Method of assessment
6 module tests, each of 1.5hrs.
Minimum entry requirements
A or A* GCSE Maths