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Mathematics Further A/S at University Academy Keighley

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By studying Further Mathematics you will extend and develop topics covered in Mathematics as well as studying new areas of the subject. AS Further Mathematics consists of three modules:

In Further Pure 1 you will have the chance to study some topics that are not covered in A level Mathematics, such as matrices, complex numbers and mathematical proof. It also builds on some of the topics in Pure Core 1 and 2 to extend your understanding and enable you to apply ideas in different contexts.

Mechanics 1 develops your understanding of the relationships between distance, speed and acceleration, studying equations of motion for constant acceleration. You will also study Newton 's laws of motion and how to apply them in contexts such as forces, momentum and projectiles.

Statistics 2 develops your understanding of how to apply statistical techniques in real situations. You will learn how to find a confidence interval and how to do a hypothesis test. You will also develop a greater understanding of the Normal distribution studied in Statistics 1, and learn how to use the Poisson distribution to model events that occur randomly in time or space.

Entry requirements

Further Mathematics can only be studied alongside Mathematics A Level. Ideally you should have achieved a grade A or A* at GCSE. Other cases are looked at on an individual basis. You will need a good grasp of algebraic techniques.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by a 1 hour written examination. One module is taken in January and the other two in June. Those students continuing with the subject at A2 level will complete three further modules, assessed in a similar way.

Future opportunities

Further Mathematics is a highly regarded AS and A level, and by studying it successfully you will show prospective universities and employers that you are an extremely capable student. The topics studied are useful in many areas; Mechanics has some overlap with Physics and has applications in engineering. The Statistics work covered would be useful to anyone undertaking research, including Geographers, Psychologists and Economists. Understanding Pure Mathematics underpins the other modules where techniques are applied in different contexts.

Further information

Prospective students should have a genuine interest/enjoyment of the subject. There is a high staff:student ratio, giving students the chance of more individual attention.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University Academy Keighley directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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