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Further Mathematics A level at Waddesdon CofE School

Course description

Further Mathematics is taken in addition to the ordinary A-Level Mathematics course and leads to a separate A-level qualification. By taking Further Mathematics students will study Pure Mathematics topics based on algebra such as trigonometry and calculus in more depth as well as a range of additional topics such as complex numbers and differential equations. Students will also study further applications of Mathematics that includes Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Mathematics.

Course content

Further Pure Mathematics
When studying Further Pure Mathematics at AS and A-Level, students extend their knowledge of Algebra and Trigonometry and Calculus as well as learning brand new ideas such as Complex numbers.
Decision Mathematics has become popular in recent decades because of its applications to computer science. Many of the problems involve Optimism; finding an efficient solution and hence methods are applicable to many real world solutions. For example, what is the best route for a gritting lorry to follow so that it covers every road on its route in the minimum distance? What is the best order to decorate a house?
Students learn further techniques of mathematical modeling. They are also introduced to Potential and Kinetic Energy and Collisions.
Students look at further distributions such as the Poisson and Binomial. They also look at how Hypothesis Tests can be used to refine mathematical models.


Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have taken the Higher Tier examination at GCSE and achieved an A grade or better in both Maths GCSEs they take.


AS Level: Three units: FP1 (Further Pure), D1 & D2 (Decision).
A-Level: Three units FP2 (Further Pure), S2 (Statistics), M2 (Mechanics).

Future opportunities

This course can be taken to complement other advanced level courses which could lead on to higher education in areas of Mathematics, related areas such as Engineering, Economics and Physics.
Further Mathematics provides an excellent starting point for a wide range of post-18 courses in areas such as Pure and Applied Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering. Students with a knowledge of Further Mathematics topics usually have an advantage when starting degree courses in Mathematics and related subjects at University.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Waddesdon CofE School directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years