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Further Mathematics AS and A Level at Woodcote High School

Course description

Why should I study Further Mathematics?

Whilst the Mathematics A Level opens doors to a variety of different further education and career paths, Further Mathematics can help you on your way to more specific routes. Students wishing to study Further Mathematics should love Maths and have a career in mind that requires a very high level of numeracy

Course content

AS Further Mathematics*
During the AS course, 2 units will be studied comprising of:

- Unit 1: Further Pure Mathematics - Topics include Proof, Complex Numbers, Matrices, Further Algebra & Functions, Further Calculus, Further Vectors
- Unit 2: Decision Mathematics - Topics include Algorithms and Graph Theory, Algorithms on Graphs, Critical Analysis, Linear Programming

Both units will be assessed by two equally weighted 90 minute written examinations during the summer of the first year of study.

A Level Further Mathematics*
During the A Level course, 4 units will be studied comprising of:

- Unit 1: Further Pure Mathematics 1 - This unit is identical to the AS Level Pure Mathematics unit
- Unit 2: Further Pure Mathematics 1 - This unit builds on the topics in Further Pure Mathematics 1 and includes extra topics on Polar Coordinates, Hyperbolic Functions and Differential Equations
- Units 3&4: Further Mathematics Option 1 - Students take two of the following options

Further Pure Mathematics 3, Further Pure Mathematics 4, Further Statistics 1, Further Statistics 2, Further Mechanics 1, Further Mechanics 2, Decision Mathematics 2

Entry requirements

A minimum of a grade 8 will be required to study AS or A Level Further Maths


All four units are assessed by four equally weighted 90 minute written examinations in the summer of the second year of study. Results from the AS Level Mathematics qualification do not count towards the A Level qualification.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Further Mathematics is one of the most coveted qualifications post Sixth Form. The difficulty of the Maths studied will help students aiming to study Engineering or Maths degrees at university.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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