# Further Mathematics at The King Edmund School

## Course description

If you are a good mathematician who enjoys complex problem solving and exploring new mathematical ideas, further mathematics will provide an additional challenge to the A Level Mathematics course. Further mathematics will broaden and deepen your understanding of the subject.

## Course content

Through the course you begin to appreciate the connections between different branches of mathematics and put forward rigorous mathematical arguments using formal proof. The course starts by concentrating on pure mathematics studying a wider range of algebraic concepts such as matrices, complex numbers and proof by induction. There follows the study of decision mathematics, learning to use networks, algorithms and simulation to solve practical problems, including project management and shortest path. The remainder of the course will either extend the pure mathematics elements or build on studies in the areas of statistics and mechanics covered in the main mathematics A Level.

## Assessment

This will be assessed in the same manner as A Level Mathematics, six examinations of one hour thirty minutes each. If AS Level Further Mathematics is taken, rather than the full A Level, then this consists of three examinations at the end of Year 12 or Year 13.

## Future opportunities

If you plan to study mathematics at university, taking further mathematics will be a major advantage. Universities value A or AS Level Further Mathematics very highly and it gives students a head start to their undergraduate studies.

## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King Edmund School directly.