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Further Maths A Level EDEXCEL at Grey Court School

Course description

The A level Further Mathematics course is 50% compulsory Core Pure Mathematics and 50% Statistics and Decision. There are three overarching themes inherent throughout the course to be adopted alongside the acquisition of specific subject knowledge. These themes are mathematical argument, language and proof; mathematical problem solving; and mathematical modelling.

This qualification provides the opportunity to study mathematics to a greater depth and to see how it is linked to other areas in the curriculum. Students will be encouraged to develop their creative, analytical, problem solving and independent thinking skills.

Course content

Core Pure Mathematics:
Proof; Complex numbers; Matrices; Further algebra and functions; Further calculus; Further vectors; Polar coordinates; Hyperbolic functions; Differential equations.

Further Mathematics Option 1 – Decision Mathematics 1

Algorithms and graph theory; Algorithms on graphs; Critical path analysis; Linear programming

Further Mathematics Option 2 – Further Statistics 1

Discrete probability distributions; Poisson and binomial distributions; Geometric and negative binomial distributions; Hypothesis testing; Central Limit Theorem; Chi squared tests; Probability generating functions; Quality of tests.

Entry requirements

At least a Grade 8 in GCSE Maths

5 GCSEs at grade 9- 4

Additional maths preferred


Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics – 1.5 hour exam (75 marks)

Paper 2: Core Pure Mathematics - 1.5 hour exam (75 marks)

Any core pure mathematics content can be assessed on either paper

Paper 3: Decision Mathematics 1 - 1.5 hour exam (75 marks)

Paper 4: Further Statistics 1 - 1.5 hour exam (75 marks)

There will be an opportunity to sit an AS in Further Mathematics. Assessment will be two papers of 1 hour and 40 minutes, one assessing the Core Pure Mathematics and one assessing the options.

Future opportunities

Many universities require students to have at least AS Further mathematics to study for a mathematics degree. Mathematics is highly regarded by universities and has also been shown to increase long-term earning power by 7 to 10 per cent. Mathematics gives openings into many different careers including: Accountancy; Marketing; Financial Analysis; Banking; Teaching; Engineering and Operational Research.

Further information

Sixth form students are encouraged to help lower school students through lunchtime mathematics clubs or by mentoring a KS4 student and helping with their maths studies. Universities offer maths enrichment opportunities where students are encouraged to develop their problem solving skills.

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: 27 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Further Maths A Level

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