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Mathematics (Further)  A-Level at The Queen's School

Course description

If you enjoy maths and thrive on a challenge then Further Maths A level is an opportunity to explore new and more sophisticated mathematical concepts and topics.

Further Maths is a second A Level and is essential for Maths at some universities and desirable for Natural Sciences at Oxbridge. It introduces some of the topics that will be met at university making the transition to a mathematics-rich course much easier. Universities do provide a ‘catch-up’ course for students who have not studied Further Mathematics however completing the work at A level is a clear advantage.

It is studied alongside A level Maths and broadens and deepens the mathematics from the single maths course by studying twice as many modules. Six modules, not used for Maths A level, are required for an A level in Further Maths. These must include Further Pure 1 and either Further Pure 2 or Further Pure 3 along with a choice of 4 other modules.

This is a challenging A level and not for the faint – hearted. For anyone up to the challenge be prepared for extra hard work and intense fun!

Course content

Like A level Maths it involves a combination of both pure and applied modules. The pure modules are of a higher standard than those in the single maths A level while the applied modules take the topics further but are not necessarily more difficult.

The applied modules include statistics and mechanics and also decision, a relatively new branch of mathematics that investigates many real life practical problems by studying algorithms, networks and linear programming.

Entry requirements

At least seven GCSEs at grade B or above and grade A or A* in the subjects you wish to study in Sixth Form. Offers will be made subject to achieving this, a reference from your current school and an interview with the Headmistress

An A* at GCSE is essential.

Future opportunities

Further Mathematics enables students to distinguish themselves as able mathematicians in the university and employment market. There has been an increase in the number of students taking the subjects nationally in recent years demonstrating an appetite for mastering challenging techniques and solving more complex problems.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Queen's School directly.

Last updated date: 07 July 2015

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