Further Mathematics

Specification: Edexcel

Qualification: A Level

Why study Further Mathematics?

Students hoping to follow a university course in mathematics or any mathematically related subject should seriously consider taking Further Mathematics. Some universities are now making this a requirement for entry on to their mathematics courses. Studying mathematics to a higher level will prove hugely beneficial in any case, even if it is not a requirement. Further Mathematics students are able to experience all the applied branches of mathematics. Further Mathematics A-Level is a qualification for students with a real passion to study Mathematics at a higher level or to support other mathematically heavy courses such as Physics, Engineering or Economics.

What will I study?

The Further Maths course must be studied in addition to the Mathematics A-Level course, as such it is generally accepted as a fourth option choice if you wish.

The content of the course includes:

Further Pure Mathematics

Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic Functions and Differential equations

Even More Further Pure Mathematics

Further calculus, Further differential equations, Coordinate systems, Further vectors, Further numerical methods, Inequalities

Further Statistics

Linear regression, Statistical distributions (discrete), Statistical distributions (continuous), Correlation, Hypothesis testing, Chi squared tests

Further Mechanics

Momentum and impulse, Collisions, Centres of mass, Work and energy, Elastic strings and springs

Assessment Method

The course is assessed entirely at the end of Year 13, with four exam papers in total.

Paper 1 – Core Pure Mathematics 1 (1hr 30 paper, 75marks)

Paper 2 – Core Pure Mathematics 2 (1hr 30 paper, 75marks)

Paper 3 – Further Mathematics Option 1 (1hr 30 paper, 75marks)

Paper 4 – Further Mathematics Option 2 (1hr 30 paper, 75marks)

 

Future Opportunities & Careers

Further mathematics and mathematics are versatile qualifications, well respected by employers and are facilitating subjects for entry to higher education. Careers for men and women with good mathematics skills and qualifications are not only well paid, but they are also highly interesting and rewarding. People who have studied further mathematics are in the fortunate position of having an excellent choice of career. Whilst the number of young people studying A level and Further Mathematics is increasing, there is still a huge demand from science, engineering and manufacturing employers.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for the Further Maths A Level course is a grade 7 at GCSE; students are expected to be particularly competent at algebra.

Course Expenses

Students can place a £40 deposit to order the syllabus textbooks.

 

Head of Department: Mr Anthony Shaw

Email: Anthony.shaw@gryphon.dorset.sch.uk

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