Further Maths is like A Level Mathematics except that there are some new topics and it is more challenging! Further Mathematics continues from A Level Mathematics
and the two qualifications count as two separate A Levels.
This course is for those students who: enjoy Mathematics;
are keen to learn and understand more; and who also intend to study a Mathematics-based subject, such as Engineering, Computing or Science.
The Core Pure topics extend some concepts studied in
A Level even further but you will also be introduced to new areas of Mathematics that are more challenging and vital for university study. They include proof, complex numbers, matrices, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions and
differential equations. You will sit two papers in Year 13,
each 90 minutes in length.
The two Options papers allow you to further explore areas of
Mathematics that interest you. Various units are available in Decision Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics.
The precise content of the course varies from year to year
depending on numbers and also staff availability. The current cohort is studying Decision Mathematics.
To take Further Mathematics it is essential that you have gained Grade 7 or above in the GCSE Mathematics examination and are particularly confident in algebra.
Homework is a vital component of the course and so it is important that it is done punctually. There will also be an expectation that you attend extra lessons outside the main timetabling framework, especially when examinations are due.. Please be aware that some university courses are
including Further Mathematics as an entry requirement of the degree course. It is also important to note that even good GCSE candidates will not succeed at Further Mathematics unless a great deal of time, effort and hard work are spent on the course.
Further Mathematics should be taken as a fourth subject to
ensure that you still have breadth in your choices.