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Further Mathematics at Bishop Challoner Catholic College

Course description


What will I learn?

Further Mathematics is a course that fully prepares students for studying maths or other science-based subjects at university. It is an interesting and challenging course and you will learn about many exciting branches of mathematics, both pure and applied.

Course content

During the first year, you will study matrices and complex numbers as part of the pure content of the course. Alongside this, you will topics of statistics, mechanics or decision mathematics.

In year two you will look deeper into matrices and complex numbers, as well as study more advanced areas of pure mathematics, such as further calculus, hyperbolic functions and differential equations, as well extending the applied topics you studied in year 12.

Entry requirements

To study Further Mathematics, you are required to have obtained at least a grade 8 at GCSE.

Classes are small, which ensures that all students receive a high level of individual support in lesson time.

In addition, the mathematics department prides itself on the additional support it is able to provide its students - support that has meant that students achieve excellent results every year.


How will I be assessed?

There are two examinations in year 12 as part of the AS qualification. If you continue into year 13 then you will sit three examinations which count exclusively towards the A Level.

For your A Level, the pure content makes up two-thirds of the assessment whilst the applied content makes up a third.

Future opportunities

Where might these courses take me?

The AS/A level in Mathematics and Core Mathematics are excellent qualifications. They combine particularly well with Physics, Chemistry and Biology, but also complement the study of Geography, Economics, Psychology and Business Studies as these subjects have a degree of mathematical content.

The subject’s emphasis on problem solving, and refining and improving mathematical models, makes it very ‘transferable’ and suitable for many career pathways.

Mathematics plays a vital role in professions such as accountancy/finance, computer modelling and simulation, engineering, insurance, medicine, statistical modelling, sports coaching and teaching.

Most jobs and careers require some element of functional maths; having a post-16 qualification in mathematics can give you the edge over other candidates.

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: 17 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September