Further Mathematics

Overview

Further Maths

The Mathematics Department is staffed by well qualified and experienced teachers in Mathematics who use a variety of teaching methods to support your learning. The course builds upon students’ previous experience of Mathematics, developing some topics further and introducing many new topics. Students are expected to undertake 5 hours of work away from the classroom each week.

You will be expected to purchase a graphical calculator (Casio Graphics Calculator FX-9750GII) for use on the course and some work will be done using computers.

Course Outline

Further Mathematics is an additional A level in Mathematics which you will study alongside A level Mathematics and must be taken as part of a four A-level programme. Students should study Further Mathematics if they have a strong interest in Mathematics and plan on studying Mathematics or a Mathematics related course such as Engineering or Physics in the future.

Year 12
You will cover essential pure mathematical methods such as the principles of proof, complex numbers and matrices.

You will also extend the mechanics and statistics work covered in your Maths A level to include momentum, circular motion, work and energy, the Poisson distribution and chi-squared contingency tables.

Year 13
The work in pure mathematics is extended to include topics such rational and hyperbolic functions, further calculus and polar coordinates.

There will also be more material in the applied mathematical topics to study further, including simple harmonic motion, centres of mass and moments, the exponential, rectangular and t-distributions and calculation of confidence intervals.

Assessment

No Coursework
Examination (100%)
Examining Board – AQA.

Special Entry Requirements

Minimum grade 7 or A or above in GCSE Mathematics. Further Maths can only be taken as part of a 4 A level programme which also includes A level Mathematics. In addition, entry requirements for studying four A levels apply.

Prohibited Options

Statistics.

Career and Progression Opportunities

There is a shortage of people with strong mathematical skills. Students with Further Mathematics commonly take up top professional careers in a wide variety of areas. These include Insurance and Actuarial Work, Finance, Management, Operational Research, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Architecture, Government, Medical or Pharmaceutical Statisticians, Business Analysts and others. This is a very valuable option for students considering Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or Economics degrees.

This information is correct for September 2019 entry.

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