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Further Mathematics A Level at New College Telford

Course description

If you want to study Mathematics or engineering at university this course is particularly useful.

Course content

This course can only be studied alongside AS maths and not on its own. There are various routes through the A level in further maths and this will be decided by the tutor prior to the start of the course. There is a compulsory Pure maths element but then there is a choice of three different routes. Students must study the pure content and then 2 areas of mathematics to be selected from Mechanics, Statistics or Discrete mathematics. Compulsory Pure content; Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors, Polar coordinates and Hyperbolic functions Then two of: Mechanics; Dimensional analysis, Momentum and collisions, Work, energy and power and Circular motion. Statistics; Discrete random variables, Poisson distribution, Type I and II errors and power of a test and Continuous random variables. Discrete; Graphs, Networks, Network Flow, Linear programming, Critical path analysis, Game theory for zero sum games, Binary operations and group theory. There will be two exams at the end of the first year both 1 hr and 30 mins in length. One which on the pure content and one which tests the two selected areas of study for the chosen route. The second year follows a similar pattern to the first year with the different routes being continued. First year content will be reassessed and also covered in more detail. Compulsory Pure content; Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations, Trigonometry, Numerical methods and Coordinate geometry Then two of: Mechanics; Dimensional analysis, Momentum and collisions, Work, energy and power and Circular motion. Statistics; Discrete random variables, Poisson distribution, Type I and II errors and power of a test and Continuous random variables, exponential distribution and inference. Discrete; Graphs, Networks, Network Flow, Linear programming, Critical path analysis, Game theory for zero sum games, Binary operations and group theory. Final assessment will be three exams each 2 hours long. Two papers to assess the pure content and one paper to assess the additional topics for the chosen route of study. All will require a calculator. The course contains regular assignments and assessments throughout, with deadlines agreed by your tutor.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved at least a Grade A in maths (or grade 7), or have an average GCSE point score of 6 or better. Further maths cannot be taken without A level Maths so if you decide to do this course you will be committing to 2 A levels in maths.

Future opportunities

Further Mathematics gives a rigorous academic basis for a huge number of university courses but as you will be doing two A levels in maths it is likely you are going to be going into courses or careers with extremely high levels of mathematical content such as mathematics or engineering.

Further information

This course has a very wide appeal and as such combines well with a wide variety of other A levels but particularly complements those with high levels of mathematical content such as sciences, computing, and economics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Telford directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Chris Wain
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01952 641892
    • Email address:
    • admissions@nct.ac.uk

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