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.
Details of the New Further Mathematics A-Level are slowly being released.
To date we know that:
- The course must be studied in addition to the Mathematics A-Level.
- The course will be assessed entirely at the end of year 13.
- There will be four exam papers.
- At least one half of the content will be Further Pure mathematics.
- The remaining content will be a choice of Applied Mathematics (Statistics, Mechanics and Decision) and/or the further study of Further Pure Mathematics.
- The content to be studied will not be the same for all exam boards.
The content of the course could include:
- 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
- 3D: Decision Mathematics
- Algorithms and graph theory, Algorithms on graphs, Critical path analysis, Linear programming