Introduction to the Course
Mathematics is the science of number, quantity and space. AS and A2 are the further development of GCSE concepts to allow problem solving in the real world. It is divided into Pure, Mechanics and Statistics. The full Advanced Level qualification is a two year course.
Standard entry requirements including: grade 8 at Higher Tier in Mathematics. You will also need to be studying A Level Mathematics.
You will be asked to sit an assessment. The assessment does not require any knowledge beyond GCSE. It assesses your ability to use and apply your knowledge and your ability to think through problems and select appropriate techniques.
Students need to enjoy the subject and must have a positive attitude and be prepared to work consistently. Students need to be aware that Further Mathematics is not an easy option.
Students will undertake the following sections of study:
Further Pure Mathematics 1
Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus and Further vectors.
Further Pure Mathematics 2
Complex numbers, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions and Differential equations.
Further Mathematics Option 1 – Further Statistics 1
Linear regression, Statistical distributions (discrete), Statistical distributions (continuous), Correlation, Hypothesis testing and Chi squared tests
Further Mathematics Option 2 – Decision Mathematics 1
Algorithms and graph theory, Algorithms on graphs, Algorithms on graphs II, Critical path analysis and Linear programming.
There are four papers sat at A2 Level. All examinations are marked out of 75 and all units are equally weighted.
There are two papers sat at AS Level, Further Pure Mathematics Paper 1 – and either Option 1 – Further Statistics 1 or Option 2 – Decision Mathematics 1. Both examinations are marked out of 75. AS Level Paper 1 assesses the same content as A2 level Paper 1, but at an AS level of difficulty.
Future Career Progression
You will be able to combine Further Mathematics with any other subject; recent research shows that people with A level Mathematics (any grade) earn, on average, 10% more than those without. Further Mathematics is ideal for those wishing to study Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Engineering at University.