Further Mathematics

 

SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

This option is chosen in addition to A level mathematics, as it builds on work covered on that course. Being a more difficult A level, this course is aimed at students achieving at least grade 7 in GCSE mathematics.  

Students interested in this option are strongly advised to discuss it with Mr Campion at the earliest opportunity. Those students wishing to undertake this must be capable, committed and have the capacity to manage a large proportion of individual study. 

CONTENT OF COURSE

This course provides an introduction to the mathematics of new topics such as complex numbers, matrices, polar co-ordinates and hyperbolic functions that are not studies as part of the standard A level course. 
Other topics, such as calculus, are taken much further, and explored to a greater depth. Students will study mechanics and statistics, as with the single A level, but again, in more depth.

EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS 

Papers one and two are two hour assessments of the pure mathematics components of the further mathematics course. 
Paper three will then give students a choice between a paper on statistics and mechanics or discrete mathematics and mechanics.
SKILLS, LINKS AND PROGRESSIONThe further mathematics course extended what students can study. It increases the level of depth, rigour and complexity. This gives a broader range of skills appropriate to the study of mathematics, physics or engineering. Students who apply to study mathematics at top universities are expected to have chosen further mathematics if it was available at their school. The course will also give students of physics and engineering a very high degree of mathematical confidence and competence, and there is overlap with some first year university courses. Our students speak highly of the journey that this course takes them on.