If you feel that mathematics is a very strong subject for you then you may have the potential to study Further Mathematics. Further Mathematics A Level extends the knowledge and skills gained in the normal Mathematics A Level. It explores many fascinating areas of pure mathematics and covers the whole range of applied modules (Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Maths) that are available at A Level.
What will I be studying
Choosing Further Mathematics takes up 2 of your AS level choices. With that additional time you will study the whole A-Level mathematics course (AS andA2) in your lower sixth year – this includes the four pure mathematics modules(C1-C4) and 2 applied modules which could be from statistics, mechanics ordecision mathematics. As a result at the end of the first year you will have afull A-Level in Mathematics.
In your Upper Sixth you will go on to study the Further Maths A Level:
Further pure modules extending your skills in algebra, calculus and trigonometry. You will discover exciting new topics including complex numbers, polar coordinates and matrices.
Mechanics modules, which include the laws of motion, projectiles and friction. These modules are of particular benefit to students of physics and engineering.
Statistics modules where you learn to analyse and interpret data. You learn to use probability theory to infer information from statistical samples in the study of the Binomial and normal Distributions.
Decision Modules where you will study a range of methods and algorithms that allow you to learn how to solve practical problems involving networks. Ideas and techniques from these modules have many important applications to varied problems such as the design of circuits on microchips and the maximizing of profit in business.
Possible careers include:
Medicine / Pharmacy / Dentistry
Accountancy / Banking
Meteorology / Weather Forecasting
Insurance / Economist
What do I need to study A Level Further Mathematics?
Preferably an A* at GCSE Mathematics
A real interest and enjoyment in the study of Mathematics