Mathematics and Further Mathematics are versatile qualifications, well-respected by employers and are both “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 often interesting and rewarding.
A level Further Mathematics is fun and rewarding. It broadens your mathematical skills and promotes deeper mathematical thinking. You will be introduced to interesting new areas of pure mathematics such as complex numbers and apply mathematics in a wider range of contexts.
A Grade 8 or above at GCSE level is required to study A level Further Mathmatics. Sound algebraic skills are also essential. Transition work is supplied in the summer before commencing studies in order to consolidate and strengthen each candidate’s algebraic skills.
The new A level in Further Mathematics was launched in September 2017. Unlike A level Maths this course consists of compulsory elements and optional elements. The course is made up of pure maths (Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Calculus, Vectors) and a selection of optional applied maths units (Statistics, Mechanics, and Decision maths).
Topics Studied in A level Further Mathematics
In pure maths we will explore proof, complex numbers, matrices, quartic functions, advanced calculus, advanced vectors and parametric functions. In applied maths we will explore momentum and impulse, kinetic and potential energy, work and power, Hook’s law, elastic collisions in 2D, binomial distributions, Poisson distributions, the central limit theorem and the chi squared test.
The Edexcel A level Further Mathematics qualification consists of four externally-examined papers. Paper one and two assess the pure maths content and paper three and four assess optional applied modules.