# Further Mathematics (GCE A Level) at St John Rigby College

## Course description

When studying A Level Further Mathematics you go deeper into the theory of Maths; learning the material in a more stretching and challenging way.Doing Further Maths can help clinch a grade A in ordinary A level Mathematics.Those students who have already taken modules of A level Mathematics at High School or studied the Additional Maths qualification will find that taking Further Mathematics builds upon those ideas more quickly than the A level Maths course.

## Course content

In addition to the topics covered within the A Level Mathematics course Further Mathematics students also study: • Imaginary numbers - How negative numbers can have square roots and what the consequences are. This is the basis of Chaos Theory and is unexpectedly useful in Electrical Engineering• Maclaurin’s Series - The Maths behind how values of sin, cos and tan are found• Linear Algebra - The Maths behind how a computer can solve 102 simultaneous equations in 102 unknowns as easily as you can solve 2 equations in 2 unknowns• Second Order Differential Equations - The Maths behind why bridges wobble dangerously if people walk across them at a critical speed

## Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE Grades (including English Language C) to include GCSE Mathematics minimum Grade A. A Level Further Mathematics and A Level Mathematics make up Double Mathematics and must be studied together.

## Assessment

100% Examination. Three 1.5 hour examinations in Year 12 and three 1.5 hour examinations in Year 13.

## Future opportunities

Mathematics related courses at University, but Further Mathematics is useful for other degrees such as the Sciences, Engineering, Economics, IT and Computing.

## 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.