Further Maths

Further Maths

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Why Study Further Maths?
  • Maths is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical, research and problem solving Not only will studying maths help give you the knowledge to tackle scientific, mechanical, coding and abstract problems, it will also help you develop logic to tackle everyday issues like planning projects, managing budgets and even debating effectively.
  • For someone who enjoys mathematics, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and/or more sophisticated mathematical concepts.
    As well as new learning new areas of pure mathematics you will study further applications of mathematics in mechanics, statistics and decision mathematics.
  • Students who take Further Mathematics find that the additional time spent studying mathematics boosts their marks in single A level Mathematics.
    Any student capable of passing an AS/A level in Mathematics should also be able to pass AS Further Mathematics. Studying Further Mathematics consolidates and reinforces your standard A level Mathematics work, helping you to achieve your best possible grades.
  • It makes the transition from sixth form to university courses which are mathematically rich that much easier as more of the first year course content will be familiar.
    If you are planning to take a degree such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., or perhaps Mathematics itself, you will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics, at least to AS level. AS Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many STEM degrees. Students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to such degrees far more straightforward. If you decide to study for a mathematically rich degree during year 12, but are not taking AS Further Mathematics it is sometimes possible to start AS Further Mathematics alongside A level Mathematics in year 13.
  • It enables students to distinguish themselves as able mathematicians in their applications for university and future employment.
    Further Mathematics qualifications are highly regarded and are warmly welcomed by universities. Students who take Further Mathematics are really demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies, as well as learning mathematics that is very useful for any mathematically rich degree. Some prestigious university courses require you to have a Further Mathematics qualification and others may adjust their grade requirements more favourably to students with Further Mathematics
Exam Board: OCR
About The Subject: Further maths is a course that is designed to extend and challenge the more able mathematicians at the college. It is traditionally taken as an extra to your other A Level courses and would be advantageous if you were considered studying Mathematics at university. The aim of the course is to broaden mathematical knowledge and parts of the course are more complex than the traditional A level and to give students a taste of first year degree maths.
Units Studied: AS level 1 pure module will be studied alongside 2 applied modules. Further concepts is the pure module which looks at complex numbers, curve sketching, solving polynomials and matrices. The applied modules are Decision 1 which include graph theory, linear programming, networks and algorithms; and Statistics 2 which covers distributions, hypothesis testing and continuous variables.

A Level again 1 pure module is studied alongside 2 applied modules. Further Advanced methods is the pure module which studies polar coordinates, matrices, calculus series and hyperbolic functions. The applied modules are Mechanics 2 and Decision 2.

Assessment: Examination in June.
College Entry Requirements: Minimum of 5 good grades at GCSE, including English and maths at a strong pass.
Subject Specific Requirements: A grade 8 or above in GCSE mathematics is needed to follow this course. You must also be studying A level mathematics.
Prior Knowledge: A strong grasp of algebra is essential as is the ability to be self-motivated. You will need to have good time management skills and will have to undertake independent study to be successful.
Career Links: Engineering, medicine, architecture, accountancy, banking, financial management, computer programming.