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Further Mathematics at Bishop Justus Church of England School

Course description

Further Mathematics extends the knowledge gained in AS and A level Mathematics to include mathematics that would otherwise not be encountered at A level. The course is designed to be flexible and meet the needs of the more able mathematicians and scientists or engineers as they progress to mathematically demanding university courses. The provision could look like the one outlined below although this is decided with the students themselves following enrolment.

In the first year (AS), one pure module (FP1) is compulsory; this will cover areas such as complex numbers, matrices and curve sketching. In addition to FP1 you will also study two applied modules taken from statistics, mechanics and decision and mathematics although more pure mathematics is possible.

In the second year (A2) a second pure module (FP2) of (FP3) is compulsory. FP2 covers areas such as first and second order differential equations, further complex numbers, Maclaurin and Taylor Series and polar coordinates. FP3 covers further matrix algebra, vectors, hyperbolic functions and further calculus. Students musst study a total of six units which do not form a part of the A level mathematics course to gain an award of A level Further Mathematics.


In the first year you will sit three papers: one for each unit studied during the year. Each paper lasts 1 hours and counts equally towards the marks for the year. The second year is similar. Again you will have three papers to sit: one for each unit during the year. Each paper again lasts for 1 hours and counts equally towards your mark for the year.

Future opportunities

Further Mathematics will help you to develop: your understanding of mathematics to a more advanced level; problem-solving skills; logical reasoning skills; analytical skills; independent study skills. If you are thinking about taking Mathematics or a largely mathematical course at university then you should be seriously considering taking Further Mathematics to at least AS level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Justus Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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