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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.


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.

Last updated date: 05 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: MF-AL

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