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Further Mathematics A Level at Thurston Community College

Course description

There are 4 papers. Each paper consists of a 1½ hour written examination, each contributing 25% of the A Level qualification.

Paper 1
May assess content from the following sections:
- Proof
- Complex numbers
- Matrices
- Further Algebra and Functions
- Further Calculus
- Further Vectors

Paper 2
- Complex numbers
- Further Algebra and Functions
- Further Calculus
- Polar coordinates
- Hyperbolic functions
- Differential equations

Paper 3
Students will be taught to further develop their knowledge in one area chosen from: Further Pure Mathematics 3, Further Statistics 1, Further Mechanics 1 or Decision Maths 1. The courses will be discussed and determined during the course of the first year.

Paper 4
Students are required to take one of the following: Further Pure Mathematics 4, Further Statistics 1, Further Statistics 2, Further Mechanics 1, Further Mechanics 2, Decision Maths 1 or Decision Maths 2. Again, these options will be discussed during the course of the first year.

Course content

Papers 1 and 2

This is a brilliant course to prepare students for Maths related or engineering courses at University. The content mirrors the knowledge required in their first year of a degree. The pure side of Mathematics is extended giving students the opportunity to meet and understand complex numbers as well as extending their use and application of calculus.

Paper 3 and 4

Welcome to our Nirvana! This course is a real privilege to teach and one definitely worth applying for! The content exceeds expectation and the challenge is sufficient to prepare students to excel in their first year at university. The course keeps on giving and culminates wonderfully with Second Order Differential Equations. What more can you ask for?!

Entry requirements

Entry GCSE: 7 in Mathematics Higher Tier.

Future opportunities

Beneficial for students intending to study Mathematics or Engineering at a higher level.

Further information

Students are encouraged to have their own graphic calculator. New graphic calculators can be purchased through the school, for around £45, and we also have a small stock of second-hand graphic calculators, prices subject to availability.

At the end of their studies there is the opportunity for students to sell back graphic calculators in good condition to the school.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thurston Community College directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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