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Further Mathematics A Level at Aquinas College

Course description

This subject is for those who love maths and really want to take it further. It allows you to delve deeper into the subject in a more challenging way. It is highly recommended if you are hoping to pursue a course in a STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at the university.

Further Maths will be offered at AS and A-level.
In order to take this course, you must also be enrolled on mathematics

Course content

All students study the same core mathematical content for Further Mathematics, which makes up 50% of the content for A level and 30% for AS level. There is some choice over the remaining content of each course which might include further study of pure mathematics, statistics, mechanics or other areas of mathematics. The exact structure and options available are yet to be confirmed.

At AS, topic areas studied include complex numbers, which allow the solution to a range of equations that would otherwise have no solutions, through the introduction of ‘imaginary’ numbers, and matrices which consist of grids of numbers that can be used to represent transformations and are used to solve simultaneous equations amongst many other uses.

At A level, other areas of pure mathematics are covered such as polar coordinates, differential equations and hyperbolic functions. Each of these builds on earlier topics and encourages the development of a wider understanding of the ways in which mathematical topics are interconnected.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both GCSE English Language and Maths + 4 grade Cs in other subjects (which could include English Literature grade 4) 

Future opportunities

The breadth of mathematical applications is immense. It underpins most of the science, technology and engineering and is also important in areas as diverse as business, law, nutrition, sports science and psychology. There are many opportunities to use mathematics to make a difference in society, for example through the analysis involved in medical research, developing new technology, modelling epidemics or in the study of patterns of criminal activity to identify trends.

If you plan to apply for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degree you should consider taking Further Mathematics to at least AS level. Further Mathematics is also a fantastic qualification for those students who love mathematics and want to devote more time to the studying wider aspects of the subject.

Further information

  • UKMT Senior Maths Challenge
  • Maths Inspiration Lecture
  • Maths Fest
  • Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Lecture
  • Making Maths at Manchester
  • Problem Solving Course
  • Trip abroad

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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