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Further Mathematics A Level (Pearson) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

Further Mathematics is an A-Level qualification which both broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in AS/A Level Mathematics. It must be studied alongside A Level Mathematics. Students will be able to study AS Level Further Mathematics over two years and will take a combination of one Pure Mathematics unit and two application units. Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many mathematics rich degrees. The study of Further Mathematics helps make the transition to such degrees far more straightforward. Students who are especially keen on Mathematics will really enjoy the full A-Level in Further Mathematics.

Further Pure Mathematics 1 & 2:                                        

The Pure Mathematics modules involve further work on algebraic techniques, series, calculus, trigonometry and vectors, as well as new topics such as complex numbers, hyperbolic functions, numerical methods, matrices and differential equations.

Any 2 from: Decision Mathematics: In decision mathematics, how to solve problems involving networks, systems, planning and resource allocation is learnt. The studies focus on a range of methods, or algorithms, which enable such problems to be tackled. The second Decision Mathematics module focuses on a range of problems and the algorithms required to solve them. These include transportation problems, allocation problems and the travelling salesman problem. Additionally, further linear programming, game theory, network flow and dynamic programming is studied. Statistics: The second Statistics Module focuses on the Binomial and Poisson distributions, continuous random variables, continuous distributions, sampling methods and hypothesis testing.

Mechanics:

This module builds on the knowledge acquired in the M1 module and includes the study of centres of mass, work and energy, collisions, statics of rigid bodies and kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line or plane.

Entry requirements

Only students gaining a grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics would be considered suitable for studying Further Mathematics.

Assessment

Four examination papers lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes each in Year 13.

 

This subject is linear in nature i.e. all exams are taken at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

Further Mathematics is particularly suited to those who have a keen interest and ability in Mathematics and perhaps intend to proceed to Higher Education on a course which demands a high level of Mathematics. It is particularly advantageous for anyone considering taking a degree course in Mathematics, Engineering, Computing or a Theoretical Science.

Further information

Like Mathematics, Further Mathematics will complement virtually all A-Level programmes. Further Mathematics is often taken with combinations of science subjects such as Chemistry, Biology and Physics. It also supports financial subjects like Business, Accounts and Economics. Additionally, Further Mathematics can be studied alongside Humanities subjects in order to have a varied programme of study.

Please contact Ms Kidd, Director of Mathematics via e-mail: sixthform@hamptoncollege.org.uk

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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