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Further Mathematics & Mathematics

A Level Further Mathematics Explained

What does the course cover?

Further mathematics must be studied alongside the standard mathematics A-Level. There are compulsory modules and then a range of further modules to select from.

Areas which you will cover include:

Further Pure Mathematics 1 and 2: An exciting part of maths introduces you to imaginary numbers, parabolic and hyperbolic equations, matrices and proof by induction. It is extremely rewarding, but not for the faint-hearted.

It goes on to delve further into imaginary numbers and then straight into one of the most useful areas of mathematics: first and second order differential equations. these are used to model all sorts of processes used in physics, economics and biology. A simple example of this is modelling the rate at which a mug of tea cools down; this is related to the temperature difference between the tea and the room, but this will change as it cools down, making it more complicated to model than you think. Lastly, there is an introduction to a new coordinate system: polar coordinates.

Other areas include Further Pure Mathematics 3, Further Mechanics 1 and 2, Statistics 1 and 2.

What skills will the course help you develop?

• Fluency in the key mathematics topics for science and engineering
• Organising and presenting a structured and logical argument
• Confidence in mastering challenging ideas and overcoming difficulties
• Thinking in an abstract and symbolic way.

How is the course assessed?

The course is now assessed entirely by four examinations at the end of year 13.
There is a standalone Further AS Mathematics exam which will assess the Year 12 work but it does not contribute to the A level examination.

Which subjects does Further Mathematics compliment

Usually students studying Physics or thinking of Engineering as a career choose this option (however this is not compulsory).

Other combinations often include Chemistry, Biology and Technology although other Advanced Levels can go equally well with this course.

Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many STEM degrees. Students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to such degrees far more straightforward.

Usually students studying Physics or thinking of Engineering as a career choose this option (however this is not compulsory).

Other combinations often include Chemistry, Biology and Technology although other Advanced Levels can go equally well with this course.

Where can A level Further Mathematics Lead?

It is becoming more and more common for universities to request Further Maths, at least to AS level, as one of their core requirements in subjects such as Mathematics, Engineering and Physics. In addition, any students wanting to study any of these subjects will find these more challenging courses more manageable if they have studied Further Maths.

Qualification:

A Level (Double)

Exam Board:

Edexcel

Futher Information

Entry Requirements:

Essential: Grade 7 Maths

Desireable: Grade 8 Maths

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