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Further Mathematics A Level at Cranbrook School

Course description

Note that this course can only be taken in conjunction with the AS and A2 mathematics courses.

We follow the modular OCR Further Mathematics course. In the AS Further Mathematics course we study:

Algorithms; Graph theory; Networks; Linear programming; Game theory; Flows in a network; Matching and allocation problems; Critical path analysis; Dynamic programming; Summation of series; Mathematical induction; Roots of polynomial equations; Complex numbers and Matrices.

In the second year of the further mathematics course the strands of mechanics and pure mathematics are developed with additional modules in Mechanics 2 (M2), Mechanics 3 (M3) and Further Pure Mathematics 2 (FP2). The additional modules of Further Mathematics 3 (FP3) and Statistics 2 (S2) may also be studied to supplement the course if they are of interest or they are a requirement for certain undergraduate courses.

The A2 further mathematics course includes the following topics: Centre of mass; Equilibrium of a rigid body; Motion of a projectile; Uniform motion in a circle; Coefficient of restitution and impulse; Energy, work and power; Equilibrium of rigid bodies in contact; Elastic strings and springs; Impulse and momentum in two dimensions; Motion in a vertical circle; Linear motion under a variable force; Simple harmonic motion; Rational functions and graphs; Polar coordinates; Hyperbolic functions; Differentiation and integration and Numerical methods.

Course content

AS Further Mathematics:

  • Module 1: Decision Mathematics 1
  • Module 2: Decision Mathematics 2
  • Module 3: Further Pure Mathematics 1

A2 Further Mathematics:

  • Module 4: Mechanics 2
  • Module 5: Mechanics 3
  • Module 6: Further Pure Mathematics 2

Entry requirements

An A or A* grade from the higher tier GCSE mathematics is recommended. It would also be advantageous to have been in set 1 for Year 11 and to have studied the IGCSE further maths course.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with the Advanced GCE in mathematics to support entry to higher education in areas of mathematics, and related areas such as Electronics, Economics, Physics or more general higher education courses. This course is especially useful for undergraduate mathematics or joint mathematics courses. The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the economic and engineering sectors.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years