Further Mathematics

A Level

Further Mathematics

Why should I study this course?

If you are already thinking about doing a degree either in Maths, or in a subject where there will be a high mathematical content (such as Engineering, some Science degrees, etc.) then you should be thinking about including Further Mathematics amongst your course choices to push your Mathematical ability to the best it can be.

Further Maths is becoming increasingly popular. This is because universities are including it more and more in the ‘must have done’ requirements for certain courses. The Further Maths course is structured, organised and taught in a very similar way to the Maths course at Wilberforce.

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What will I study?

Over the two years, you will study a variety of topics, from three areas in mathematics:

Area 1. Further Pure Mathematics (e.g. Proof, Complex Numbers, Matrices, Further Algebra and Functions, Further Calculus, Hyperbolic Functions, Differential Equations, Trigonometry)

Area 2 and Area 3. Depending on student demand, staff availability and other factors, these will be chosen by the College from the following three applications: Mechanics (e.g. Dimensional Analysis, Momentum and Collisions, Work, Energy and Power, Circular Motion) Statistics (e.g. Discrete Random Variables, Poisson Distribution, Type I and II Errors, Chi Tests) Discrete (e.g. Graphs, Networks, Flows, Linear Programming, Critical Path Analysis, Game Theory)

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How is the course assessed?

At the end of the course, there are four written papers, each two hours long.

Paper 1 - topics in Area 1 Further Pure Mathematics
Paper 2 - topics in Area 1 Further Pure Mathematics
Paper 3 - topics from one of the three applications from Area 2 and Area 3 described in the section above
Paper 4 - topics from another of the three applications from Area 2 and Area 3 described in the section above

What will the course prepare me for?

This course is perfect preparation for progression to university to study any degree with a high mathematical content. Universities and employers love students who have done Maths because of its focus on problem-solving: if you have done Further Maths as well, then it makes you stand out as someone who is prepared to challenge themselves that bit more!

Private study

As with other A Level courses, the expectation with Further Maths is that you do 3-4 hours each week of private study. We use weekly homework sheets that are really useful: you can easily check that you are up to date and also check how well you are progressing on the course.

What materials will I need to provide?

You will require the basic standard stationery items: a pen, pencil, ruler, paper and a folder to file your work. You might have your own scientific calculator that you may want to use, but we are happy to provide them at College if you haven't. We will teach you how to use a graphical calculator (Casio FX9750 G II) which you may wish to purchase.

How will I be taught?

You will have 5 hours of Further Maths on your timetable. The lessons have a lot of creative ideas in them and there is a really good mixture of individual work, paired work and group work.

The students themselves tell us that they really enjoy the lessons: they say that the lessons are interesting and useful and that the teaching helps them make really good progress. They also say that the Maths staff are also really supportive by putting on extra revision sessions and twice-weekly workshops.

This course is for you if...

...you want to push your Mathematical ability to the best it can be! You should definitely take it if you are already thinking about doing a degree in Maths. Another reason to take it is that it helps you stand out from other students who are applying to the same courses as you at university.

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What are the course requirements?

Three 9 - 4 (A* - C) grades at GCSE, plus a grade 4(C) in GCSE English Language, and a grade 6(B) in GCSE Mathematics (although a grade 7/8 is preferred).

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • Good time management – punctuality to lessons is important and also getting into good routines of doing homework so that it is handed in on time.
  • Determination and persistence – there will be times when you are likely to find it difficult and it might take more time than you’re used to for a full understanding.
  • Initiative – if you’re stuck, come and find someone in the Maths department - we're always happy to help!