Do you want to develop your talents in Maths even further? This is a highly challenging and stimulating course for excellent mathematicians who have got a grade 7, 8 or 9 at GCSE maths. Not only will this course improve your performance in A Level Maths, but it is also designed to let you study a wide range of further options in Pure Mathematics, Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Mathematics in much more detail. This course is more difficult than A Level Mathematics and you must be a very keen mathematician and study both subjects together.
You will cover topics such as matrices, complex numbers and curve sketching and you will be able to experience a wide range of applied modules: Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Maths.
In conjunction with the AS/A Level in Mathematics, this course will broaden your mathematical knowledge in preparation for studying a Mathematics or a Mathematics related degree at university.
This two year linear course has all of the exams at the end of the second year where students sit four papers that are 1 hour 30 minutes each. Students will also be entered for the stand alone As Further Maths exam at the end of the first year consisting of two 1 hour 40 minute papers.
What We Add
As Einstein said “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow, just never stop questioning”. This philosophy underpins the methodology of the Maths department. Instead of being simply ‘told’ the syllabus, students are actively encouraged to think of their own questions and to use their imagination when approaching mathematics problems through the use of a wide assembly of IT resources, investigations, open– ended tasks and exam style questions. There are weekly Maths Workshops where you can study and practise the techniques with students from different classes with a teacher there to help. There will be an assignment set every other week so that you can gain confidence and develop the ideas that you have been exposed to. This, along with a termly assessment, will be used to monitor your progress and identify areas of strength and areas where a more detailed study is needed.
You will need to meet the standard college entry criteria for A Level courses. Additional subject entry criteria: 7, 8 or 9 at GCSE Maths, average GCSE score of 6 and select A Level Mathematics as another of your subject choices.
After Sixth Form
Further Maths fits well with almost any combination of subjects and offers wide progression opportunities to university or careers. If you are considering a degree in mathematics, physics, engineering or computing at a highly competitive university you are strongly advised to study Further Mathematics.