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Further Mathematics A Level at Devonport High School for Boys

Course description

Further Mathematics covers much of the mathematics needed for the first year of Science and Engineering University courses, as well as providing a sound basis for those wishing to study Mathematics itself.

Further mathematics is highly recommended for any students who wish to study Maths, Physics or Chemistry at Oxford or Cambridge and is a good preparation for MAT and STEP papers.

Course content

The Further Mathematics course consists of both compulsory and optional content.

Compulsory content extends studies from A level maths in areas such as algebra and functions, calculus, vectors and trigonometry, as well as covering additional pure mathematical content, including areas such as complex numbers, matrices, polar coordinates and hyperbolic functions.

Students will also study two of three additional options from either mechanics, statistics or discrete mathematics.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a grade 7 or higher at GCSE, although a grade 8 or 9 is desirable. Additionally a keen interest in studying the subject at higher level.

Students are expected to be fully conversant with the following GCSE topics:
- Algebraic manipulation, including algebraic fractions and simultaneous equations
- Factorisation of quadratic and higher order expressions
- Solving quadratic equations, including use of Completing the Square and the Difference of Two Squares
- Manipulation of Surds, including the expansion of pairs of brackets and the rationalisation of fractions
- Manipulations of indices.

Future opportunities

Study of Further Mathematics leads directly to higher education courses which have a high mathematical content, such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Engineering.

Graduates in those fields have excellent career prospects in industry and the finance sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Devonport High School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 02 May 2017

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