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Further Mathematics at St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College

Course description

The AS Course:
FP1      Further Pure 1
M1       Mechanics 1
S2        Statistics 2

On successful completion of this course, students will be awarded an AS qualification in Further Mathematics.

The A2 Course:
FP2      Further Pure 2
M2       Mechanics 2
S3        Statistics 3

These, together with the three AS units make up the six units required for the award of a full A Level Mathematics qualification.

Course content

Further Pure Maths (FP1 and FP2)
•           Complex Numbers
•           Numerical Solutions of Equations
•           Co-ordinate Systems
•           Matrices
•           Series
•           Proof by mathematical induction
•           1st and 2nd order Differential Equations
•           Maclaurin and Taylor Series
•           Polar Co-ordinates

Statistics (S2 and S3)
•           Binomial and Poisson Distributions
•           Continuous Random Variables
•           Normal Approximations
•           Populations and Samples
•           Hypothesis Testing
•           Sampling
•           Goodness of Fit Tests
•           Correlation and Regression

Mechanics (M1 and M2)
•           Mathematical Models
•           Vectors
•           Kinematics
•           Dynamics
•           Moments
•           Centres of Mass
•           Work and Energy
•           Collisions
•           Statics

Entry requirements

A Level Further Mathematics is a challenging and demanding subject.  A fundamental requirement is a genuine interest in the subject, but success at the end of the course depends mainly on commitment and perseverance.
Throughout the course, great emphasis is placed on the development of the necessary study skills.  Effective time management and organisational skills are essential ingredients of success.  Students are encouraged to seek individual support from their teachers whenever needed.
In addition to normal St Peter’s Sixth Form entry requirements, you should have at least a grade A at GCSE (grade A* is highly recommended.


3 modular examinations in the 1st year, 3 in the 2nd year.  Each examination is 1 1/2 hours long.

Future opportunities

Former students of A Level Mathematics at St Peter’s have gained places at university in a wide range of disciplines:
•           Accountancy
•           Civil Engineering
•           Dentistry
•           Law
•           Medicine
•           Biological Science
•           Computer Science
•           Economics
•           Pharmacy
•           Mathematics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College directly.

Last updated date: 09 January 2015
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