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AS/A2 Further Maths

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Overview

A-level Further Mathematics is designed to broaden and deepen the mathematical knowledge and skills developed when studying A-level Mathematics.  It may be studied alongside A level Mathematics and provides a stimulating experience for those who enjoy the subject. It builds upon the A-Level subject content and takes students into the world of complex numbers and some of the topics studied at degree level.

For students wishing to study Mathematics at degree level, many of the top universities express a preference for students to take Further Maths as well as Maths and will often demand higher grades from students who have not.  We would advise students who may want to study Maths or Engineering in particular to consider the entry requirements from the universities and to discuss with us the option of Further Maths.

  1. Course Title

    AS/A2 Further Maths

  2. Exam Board and Specification No.

    Edexcel A-Level Further Maths

What do I need to have studied/have knowledge of?

In order to be considered for studying A-Level Further Maths, you will need to have achieved an grade 7 or higher at GCSE and show the potential to reach similar grades in A-Level Maths.

You will also be required to produce on-going evidence to show that you are coping with the course material in order to continue with it.

What will I learn on this course?

A-level Further Mathematics covers both pure and applied topics.The Further Pure units build upon the techniques in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus developed from the Pure Core units as well as introducing topics such as complex numbers, matrices, proof, hyperbolic functions, polar coordinates and differential equations.

What key skills will I develop?

Further Maths is really designed to prepare students for degree level Mathematics, Engineering and Science.  It introduces them a different skill set in how to present Mathematical arguments formally as well as exposing them to a wider range of Mathematical concepts and techniques.

How will I be assessed?

Three formal exams at the end of Y13

There is no coursework involved.

What could this course lead to?

Studying both A Level Maths and A Level Further Maths provides a foundation for further studies in any Science or Maths – based course, ranging from Computer Science, Medical Sciences, Psychology, Statistics, Management and Actuarial Science.

Additional events, trips or enrichment activities

We plan to offer access to events and speakers about further careers in Mathematics plus enrichment days offered by the Further Math Network and Universities.  There will also be opportunities to be involved in Maths Competitions and mentoring younger students in Maths.

Are there any additional costs for this course?

None

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?

Mr L Stacey – lstacey@commonweal.co.uk