# Further Maths and A Level Maths

Further Mathematics is designed to appeal to the most able mathematicians in the year. Those students who have been fast-tracked through KS4 and are looking to study mathematics, engineering, computing or physics at university.

The Mechanics parts of the course will already be familiar to you and will help with any university course in Engineering or Physics.

You will enjoy the Numerical Methods units as this can use spreadsheets.

The Statistics module will help you prepare for this.

Further Mathematics is run as a course in its own right. The students who follow this course will finish up being awarded 2 A levels if successful. Further Mathematics A level is structured to allow the best range of opportunities for our students. A level Further Mathematics has a 50:50 split between compulsory and optional elements, with familiar option choices and defined content.

**Look at the following questions:***Where do you fit in? Are you studying Physics?*The Mechanics parts of the course will already be familiar to you and will help with any university course in Engineering or Physics.

*Are you studying Computing or IT?*You will enjoy the Numerical Methods units as this can use spreadsheets.

*Are you considering a university course including Statistics?*The Statistics module will help you prepare for this.

Further Mathematics is run as a course in its own right. The students who follow this course will finish up being awarded 2 A levels if successful. Further Mathematics A level is structured to allow the best range of opportunities for our students. A level Further Mathematics has a 50:50 split between compulsory and optional elements, with familiar option choices and defined content.

**Course Structure**

The 50% of the compulsory course is made up of pure mathematics the topics include; Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further vectors, Further calculus, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions and Differential equations.

The 50% optional part of the course can be chosen from more advanced pure mathematics, statistic, mechanics or decision mathematics. The choice of the optional topics will be made to best reflect the skills needed by our students in equipping them for the next stage in their education.

**Assessment**

For the award of an A level in Further Mathematics, students will sit four papers each lasting one hour 30 minutes. Papers 1 and 2 will examine the compulsory pure mathematics aspect of the course. Paper 3 can be chosen from one of four options and will have equal weighting with papers 1 and 2. Paper 4 can be chosen from one of seven available options and will also have equal weighting with papers 1 and 2. All four exams will be sat at the end of two years.

Full use is made of the interactive whiteboards in the classrooms. Scientific calculators are used throughout all the A level Mathematics courses and we strongly recommend that Further Mathematics students buy graphical calculators. In addition to scientific functions, graphical calculators include a range of other powerful features including graph drawing functions and statistical analysis tools.

If you are doing well in GCSE Mathematics then an A level in Mathematics will be viewed by any university as one of the most rigorous and analytical preparations for a degree. With a good grade in Mathematics, you will be considered as a serious applicant for any of the academic courses at university. It is a qualification in thinking rather than a particular skill, although it is a prerequisite of course for degrees such as engineering and physics.

Careers opportunities for mathematicians are boundless. Mathematicians are in huge demand in all areas where analysis and numeracy are required; many end up in financial careers, or in management, and, of course, for the deeply committed, there are careers in teaching and research.

Careers opportunities for mathematicians are boundless. Mathematicians are in huge demand in all areas where analysis and numeracy are required; many end up in financial careers, or in management, and, of course, for the deeply committed, there are careers in teaching and research.