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Further Mathematics A Level at Burford School and Community College

Course description

Further Mathematics is particularly appropriate for those considering higher education in the field of Mathematics, Physics or Engineering. It is an excellent foundation for Year 1 at University. For any able mathematician, this subject is fascinating and challenging.

Course content

Core Pure Mathematics 1
Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors.
1½ hour exam taken in May/June
of Year 13
 
Core Pure Mathematics 2
Complex numbers, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations.
1½ hour exam taken in May/June
of Year 13
 
Further Mechanics 1 – Momentum and impulse, Collisions, Centres of mass, Work and energy, Elastic strings and springs. Elastic collisions.
1½ hour exam taken in May/June
of Year 13
 
Decision Mathematics 1 – Algorithms and graph theory, Algorithms on graphs, Algorithms on graphs II, Critical path analysis, Linear programming.
1½ hour exam taken in May/June
of Year 13

Entry requirements

Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics.
This is a highly demanding subject and requires a high level of understanding and ability in mathematics. It makes greater demands in terms of mathematical processes, e.g. formulation of generalisations or proofs, using abstract concepts etc. Pupils will be expected to work through some of the pure maths topics over the summer.

Further information

As with Mathematics, there will be worked examples and theory in lessons, followed by weekly assessments and practice exam questions to complete. Students will be required to do a lot more work outside of lessons, as there are fewer timetabled lessons for the additional modules.
 
A calculator which can compute summary statistics and probabilities from statistical distributions will be essential.
 
The department runs a drop in class after school once a week for students to get help with their work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 December 2017