# A Level Further Mathematics at Bournemouth School

## Course description

AS FURTHER MATHEMATICS (YEAR 12)

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;

Differentiation.

- 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

programming.

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.

A2 FURTHER MATHEMATICS (YEAR 13)

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;

Groups.

- 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.