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Mathematics (Further) A Level at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

Further Mathematics is an A level for students whose favourite subject is Mathematics. Certainly for anyone considering doing a Mathematics degree, Further Mathematics A level is a must. It enables students to cover the full spectrum of Mathematical topics, including the mysterious areas of imaginary numbers, matrices and proof by induction.

Entry requirements

Please note, Further Mathematics must be studied alongside AS Mathematics Mechanics.
A minimum of an A* or A grade in GCSE Mathematics is required.


Further Pure 1 - Weighting 33.3%, Examination - 1 hour 30 minutes
Topics include: imaginary numbers, matrices and proof by induction
Decision 1 - Weighting 33.3%, Examination - 1 hour 30 minutes
Topics include: linear programming, critical path analysis and the use of algorithms
Statistics 1 - Weighting 33.3%, Examination - 1 hour 30 minutes
Topics include: Statistics: analysing different data distributions and probability

Future opportunities

An A level in Further Mathematics would support students in their further studies of, or a career in, Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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