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A Level Further Mathematics at Bournemouth School

Course description

OCR AS Level Further Mathematics (3892)
The modules with a brief description of their content are listed below :
- Core 1 (Code 4721): Indices; surds; Quadratics; Coordinate geometry and graphs;
- Core 2 (Code 4722): Trigonometry; Sequences and series; Algebra; Integration.
- Core 3 (Code 4723): Algebra and functions, Trigonometry, Differentiation, Integration,
Numerical methods.
- Further Pure 1 (Code 4725): Summation of series, Mathematical induction, Roots of
polynomial equations, Complex numbers, Matrices.
- Mechanics 1 (Code 4728): Force as a vector, Equilibrium of a particle; Kinematics
of motion in a straight line; Newton’s laws of motion; Linear momentum.
- Statistics 1 (Code 4732): Representation of data; Probability; Discrete random
variables; Bivariate data.
- Decision Mathematics 1 (Code 4736): Algorithms; Graph theory; Networks; Linear
Each module is 90 minutes long. Only the Core 1 Module prohibits the use of a calculator.
There is no coursework.
The school will enter a student for a maximum of 9 modules if they are studying for an AS
level in Further Mathematics.

OCR A Level Further Mathematics (7892)
The modules with a brief description of their content are listed below :
- Core 4 (Code 4724): Algebra and graphs; Differentiation and integration; Differential
equations; Vectors.
- Further Pure 2 (Code 4726): Rational functions and graphs; Polar coordinates;
Hyperbolic functions; Differentiation and integration; Numerical methods.
- Further Pure 3 (Code 4727): Differential equations; Vectors; Complex numbers;
- Mechanics 2 (Code 4729): Centre of mass; Equilibrium of a rigid body; Motion of a
projectile; Uniform motion in a circle; Coefficient of restitution and impulse; Energy,
work and power.
- Statistics 2 (Code 4733): Continuous random variables; The normal distribution; The
Poisson distribution; Sampling and hypothesis tests.

Entry requirements

Our Sixth Form entry requirement is based on the applicant’s best 8 GCSEs including
English and Mathematics with a minimum of 356 points, with an A*, A or B in the
subjects chosen or in a related discipline. The points used are the Department for Education
(DfE) points - 58 A*, 52 A, 46 B, 40 C, 34 D, 28 E. (Maximum = 8 A* = 464 Points).
Essentially this means that you should be confident of achieving at least 6 B grades and 2
C grades at GCSE (and at least C grades in English Language and Mathematics) before
considering applying for a sixth form place at Bournemouth School.2
There are also some subject specific entry requirements in addition to the requirements for
joining the Sixth Form. In most cases, you will be expected to have attained at least a grade
B in the subject that you intend to study at Advanced Level (A-Level). The main exception to
this is for Mathematics and Further Mathematics. To study Mathematics at A-Level we
expect you to have attained an A* or A grade at GCSE, and for Further Mathematics an A*.
These requirements are based upon our experience over a number of years, and how well
Mathematics students cope with the transition between GCSE and A-Level. We recognise
that very few students will have had the opportunity to study Economics, Government and
Politics, or Psychology at GCSE level. To study these subjects at A-Level, we expect you to
have attained at least B grades in closely related subjects. Some subjects do not have any
subject specific requirements (but, you must, of course, have met the requirements of joining
the Sixth Form).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bournemouth School directly.

Last updated date: 28 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years