Studying Further Maths helps me understand how and why maths works. It’s challenging but will really benefit me in the future.

Findlay Hinchliffe

Findlay Hinchliffe

Course Description

A Level Further Mathematics offers students an opportunity to deepen their mathematical knowledge. Further Mathematics will explore different topics, which are introduced in A Level Mathematics. The common question we will ask is “what if” when discussing areas of mathematics.

Entry Requirements

Achieve 5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher).

Achieve grade 7 or higher in GCSE Maths.

Course Content

The following two examinations are compulsory:
Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics 1
Paper 2: Core Pure Mathematics 2
Proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions, differential equations.

The following two examinations are subject to change depending on the strengths of the group:

Paper 3: Further Mechanics 1
Momentum and impulse, work, energy and power, elastic strings and springs and elastic energy, elastic collisions in one dimension, elastic collisions in two dimensions.

Paper 4: Decision 1
Algorithms, Graphs and Networks, Algorithms on graphs, Route Inspection problems, The travelling salesman problem, Linear programming, The simplex algorithm, Critical path analysis.

Assessment

Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics 1
Written Exam – 1 hour 30 mins
25% of A Level

Paper 2: Core Pure Mathematics 2
Written Exam – 1 hour 30 mins
25% of A Level

Paper 3: Further Mechanics 1
Written Exam – 1 hour 30 mins
25% of A Level

Paper 4: Decision 1
Written Exam – 1 hour 30 mins
25% of A Level

Future Opportunities

Students who study Further Mathematics are able to demonstrate their problem-solving skills to future universities and employers. Further Mathematics develops logical thinking skills and enables students to break down complex problems. Further Mathematics gives the skills required for degrees in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Economics and Computer Science.

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