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Further Mathematics A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose A Level Further Mathematics?
If you are a good mathematician who enjoys complex problem solving and exploring new mathematical ideas, Further Mathematics will provide you with an additional challenge to the A Level Mathematics course (which must also be taken). The emphasis, particularly for Further Pure Mathematics 1, is on method and structure so it is vital that you become accustomed to setting out your workings properly.

Further Mathematics is specifically for students who both enjoy Mathematics and have had significant success already in the subject. In Year 1 you will take AS Mathematics alongside AS Further Mathematics. As such, you need to be very competent with all aspects of Mathematics encountered at GCSE (Higher Level). You will also study a significant and varied amount of applied Mathematics. You will develop your powers of reasoning and will be challenged in a wide range of Mathematics.

What will I study?
Year 1: You start by concentrating on pure mathematics, studying a wider range of algebraic concepts such a matrices, complex numbers and proof by induction. You will then carry out further, advanced work on your applied option, Statistics or Mechanics. Finally, you will study Decision Mathematics, learning to use networks, algorithms and simulations to solve practical problems, individual project management, critical path analysis and profit maximisation.

Year 2: This section of the course is significantly more challenging than A Level Mathematics. The focus is on pure mathematics, for example complex numbers, Markov Chains, multi-variable calculus and advanced 3-dimensional work with vectors. In addition, you will complete your studies in Statistics or Mechanics. Other topics such as numerical methods or differential equations will also be considered on an individual basis.

What can I study it with?
Many students choose Further Mathematics alongside Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science.

Where will it take me?
If you plan to study Mathematics at university, taking Further Mathematics will be a major advantage. Indeed, for Mathematics at some universities (eg Cambridge and Warwick) it is an essential requirement. Further Mathematics is also recommended if you wish to read Computer Science, Physics, Engineering or anydegree with a heavy mathematical content.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- B, including:

Grade A or A* in Maths (although an A* is preferable) and Grade B in English Language.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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  • Start date: Next September