- Course Code: 7856
- Duration: 2 years
- Validated by: Oxford, Cambridge & RSA.
- Study Mode: Full time
A-Level Further Mathematics is suitable for someone who particularly enjoys mathematics and relishes a challenge. It will extend your knowledge gained in mathematics, enhance your problem-solving skills and give you an insight into a variety of areas of mathematics, which you would otherwise not encounter. It especially compliments physics since it gives greater knowledge of applied mathematics.
- What will I study?
The Further Maths syllabus has more flexibility than the A-level maths specification in terms of the applied maths. The further pure content includes: complex numbers, matrices, curve sketching, proof by induction and further calculus methods. The topics are similar from first year to second year, so it’s a case of extending and deepening your knowledge of the methods. In the case of the applied maths you will study two from three areas: mechanics, statistics and decision maths. So you will further your knowledge of statistics and mechanics from A- level maths but you also have the chance to study decision maths which includes topics such algorithms, graph theory and critical path analysis. To achieve an AS-level further maths award you will sit up to three exams in the first year. For the full A-level award in further maths you will sit up to four exams in your final year.
- Entry Requirements
In addition to the general Sixth Form entry requirements (5 Cs at GCSE or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs), you will also need a minimum of a GCSE Grade 7 in Maths (or equivalent).
- How will I be assessed?
A–Level further maths is exam based only. To achieve an AS – further maths award you sit up to three exams in the summer. However if you continue onto the second year these results are superseded by the full A – level further maths award and to achieve this you will sit up to four exams in the final year.
- What can I do next?
Studying A-Level Further Mathematics is extremely useful since it compliments many other subjects especially Physics and Computing. If you wish to study a Maths related degree then studying further maths eases the transition between A-Level and higher education since it gives you a greater breadth and depth of Mathematical techniques.
- Your Study Programme