Further mathematics A level is a second A level in Mathematics that extends your knowledge from A level Mathematics. If you have a passion and a talent for mathematics then you have the potential to study both A levels in Mathematics. The two A levels explore many fascinating areas of pure and applied mathematics including calculus, complex numbers and proof.
What will I be studying
Over the course of two years you will study both A level Mathematics and A level Further Mathematics together in one dedicated class.
In the lower sixth you will study the foundation topics found in the first year of A level mathematics and then quickly move on to the associated second year mathematics and further mathematics topics.
The first year is predominantly dedicated to the study of pure mathematics where you will have the opportunity to extend the algebra met at GCSE as well as learning new concepts like calculus and complex numbers.
In the second year, you will further increase your ability to apply these concepts in to problem solving questions as well as meeting further applied topics.
The course will include pure topics such as 3D vectors, Polar coordinates and differential equations.
You will apply your pure knowledge to study aspects of mechanics. This include topics such as the laws of motion, projectiles and friction, which are of particular benefit to students looking to study engineering or physics.
In addition, you will study statistics 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
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 8 or 9 at GCSE Mathematics
A real interest and enjoyment in the study of Mathematics