Further Mathematics A Level at Sherburn High School
Further Mathematics is a stimulating, challenging extension to the Mathematics course. As such, it is only available to students who have opted to take A level Mathematics. It is strongly advised for students who wish to study Mathematics or Mathematics related subjects beyond the Sixth Form.
If you are a natural mathematician with a desire to be absorbed into the subject, and study Mathematics or a directly Mathematics related degree course at university, then Further Mathematics is for you.
The A-Level Further Mathematics course being taught in 2017 is new and specifications have not yet been accredited by Ofqual. The Further Mathematics programme of study is designed to allow the study of AS for the first year, to progress into a full A level in the second year.
The AS Course
AS Further Mathematics is 50% pure mathematics and 50% applied mathematics.
The pure module includes the study of complex numbers, further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors, polar coordinates and hyperbolic functions.
The applied module will include the study of two of the following: statistics, mechanics and decision mathematics.
- Statistics provides a toolkit to analyse trends in data and probability; it links closely to subjects such as Biology, Geography and Psychology.
- Mechanics is the study of forces and motion. It links closely to Physics.
- Decision Mathematics looks for optimal solutions to real world problems. It has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its applications in Computer Science.
Teacher led tutorials, including presentations, group and paired work and investigations, form the basis of the methods of study. Individual work where you take the techniques that you have learned and apply them to a variety of problems is essential to ensure that you are fully familiar with their applications and uses.
You should have a grade 8 or 9 at GCSE and a love of the subject if you are to enjoy and cope with the demands of Further Mathematics. In addition, you must take A level Mathematics.
The AS course is assessed through two exams each lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.
The A2 course is assessed through three exams each lasting 2 hours.
In recent years, students followed Further Mathematics at A Level with degree courses in Mathematics at highly prestigious universities.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sherburn High School directly.