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Mathematics - Further Maths

Course Details
Dept - Mathematics
Type of Qualifcation - AS / A2
Exam Board - Edexcel

Additional Entry Requirements -
Grade 7 at GCSE Mathematics

Course Content
Students will have Maths in two option blocks so that they will study both Mechanics and Statistics as listed on the Mathematics page.
They additionally study in Year 12:
• Further Pure Mathematics 1 (FP1): algebra, geometry.
• Decision Mathematics 1 (D1): optimisation, iterative methods.
• Statistics 2 (S2): Binomial and Poisson distribution, Continuous random variables.
A full pair of A Levels in Mathematics/Further Mathematics comprises 12 modules:
• C1 C2 C3 C4 M1 M2 S1 S2 D1 D2 FP1 FP2

There are eight teaching hours per fortnight with an equal time of self-study and homework required. Interactive teaching is the norm, and extra-curricular activities are offered to stretch the more able students to help them reach top grades.
Students must be very confident in GCSE algebra and shape topics, and able to work independently on the hardest questions.
Style of Assessment
Three module exams of 90 minutes each in June of Year 12, in addition to those taken for Mathematics.
Three module exams of 90 minutes each in June of Year 13, in addition to those taken for Mathematics
Whose kind of course?
This course will be essential for anyone considering a degree with a Mathematics component. A qualification in Further Mathematics is regarded very highly by all universities and usually results in a lower UCAS offer.
Further Mathematics is also accessible for arts or business students who have an interest in a deeper understanding of mathematics.
Stretch & Challenge – aiming for A*:
Exam scores in the Further Pure modules must average 90% or above in order to achieve an A* grade.
Career Prospects
Accountant, Actuary, Statistician, Stockbroker, Engineer, Teacher
Many disciplines use Statistics, including Medicine, Geography, Biology and Environmental Sciences. Mechanics can complement study in Physics or Engineering, but it is not only useful for sciences, as it also covers useful problem-solving skills