If you are truly a mathematician you will thoroughly enjoy the opportunities Further Mathematics affords you to really delve into the subject as it stretches your logical problem solving, pushes your understanding of mathematical concepts and broadens the range of topics you get to encounter whilst supporting and building on your work in A level mathematics. When moving onto tertiary studies Further Mathematics qualifications are highly regarded and are warmly welcomed by universities. By studying Further Mathematics not only will the subject matter be very useful for any mathematics-rich degree, you are also demonstrating a strong commitment to the subject, which will be looked upon favourably in any area of work.
If you are not planning to study for a mathematics-rich degree, but enjoy mathematics, you will find Further Mathematics a very enjoyable and beneficial course; having a Further Mathematics qualification identifies you as having excellent analytical skills, which will be useful for whatever career path you choose.
The specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of Maths:
Further Pure 1 and 2 are core units which all students must take.
■ Further Pure 1 – Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors
■ Further Pure 2 – Complex numbers, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations
Students are also required to take two options
■ Option 1: one of 3A: Further Pure Mathematics 3, 3B: Further Statistics 1, 3C: Further Mechanics 1 or 3D: Decision Mathematics 1
■ Option 2: one of 4A: Further Pure Mathematics 4, 4B: Further Statistics 1, 4C: Further Statistics 2, 4D: Further Mechanics 1, 4E: Further Mechanics 2, 4F: Decision Mathematics 1, 4G: Decision Mathematics 2
Mathematics brings a lot of scientific theory and thinking together, and a good AS/A-Level grade in the subject demonstrates that a student can apply themselves in analytical thinking, practical skills and scientific writing; all of these qualities are highly prized in today’s competitive job market.
You will gain:
■ Essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.
■ A deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of Mathematical methods.
■ Competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.
A minimum of 5 subjects at A*– B (Grade 5 or higher) including a minimum Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics
You must also be studying A level Mathematics alongside Further Mathematics.
N.B. All students are required to pass a settling in assessment within the first 3 weeks of Term 1.
Maths is a highly sought-after A-Level by universities and employers alike and Further Maths will make you stand out. It is relevant in the financial sector, accountancy, information technology, business, aerospace engineering, pharmaceuticals and research as well as the sciences.
What can I do after I have completed this course?
Mathematics is in demand the world over; a wide variety of study or employment options are open to a Mathematician. Those studying Further Mathematics not only really rise to the top when being considered for mathematics rich careers but in any career path, as it shows excellent analytical skills and an ability to consider a subject in real depth.