# Further Maths A-Level at President Kennedy School

## Course description

Studying Further Mathematics is excellent preparation for University, especially if you wish to study any mathematics-related subject such as Engineering, Science, Computing or Technology, as well as Mathematics itself. Many universities encourage students to take Further Mathematics qualifications to improve their mathematical preparation for degree courses. Some leading universities now specify Further Mathematics as an entry requirement for certain courses, due to the prestigious nature of the qualification.

## Course content

• The Pure units introduce and build on Complex Numbers, Matrices and Roots of Polynomials. Other topics include Hyperbolic Graphs and Trigonometry, Proof and Numerical Methods. There are three different areas of applied maths covered in this course:

• Decision Maths tackles problems that involve algorithms and automated sets of instructions, as well as optimisation methods.

• Statistics extends the work from Maths by introducing the Poisson and t-distributions, hypothesis tests and Chi-squared contingency tests.

• Mechanics extends the work on Projectiles and Momentum, introduces Work, Energy and Power and Elasticity and deals with problems involving centres of mass

## Entry requirements

Standard Minimum Level 3 Entry Requirement of 5 GCSEs A*- C inc. Maths and English.

Minimum of Grade A in Maths at GCSE.

Knowledge of Additional Maths is an advantage but not a requirement.

## Assessment

A-level Further Maths is assessed by a total of 6 modules.

Each of the units is assessed by a 90 minute exam worth 75 marks each (scaled to 100 UMS points each).

The overall grade will be based on an aggregated mark from each of the 6 papers – they are all equally-weighted.

## Future opportunities

Research shows that employees with an A level in Mathematics earn on average 7% to 11% higher salaries than similar employees who did not take mathematics beyond the age of 16. A wide range of subjects in both STEM and non-STEM fields are underpinned by mathematics. Having a broad mathematical knowledge and secure technical ability will help the transition from sixth-form to higher education. Together with good mathematical skills, employers are looking for the ability to work in a team, communicate effectively and show initiative, all gained by completing the Further Mathematics A Level.

## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact President Kennedy School directly.