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Further Mathematics A Level at Ralph Allen School

Course description

Further Mathematics is the perfect choice if you are one of the lucky people who gets great pleasure from solving complicated problems and extending ideas to their logical conclusion. You will need to be rigorous in your logic, clear in your communication and resilient in the face of new and often counter-intuitive ideas. You will develop a fluency in a range of diverse and highly connected advanced mathematical concepts. Most importantly, you will be able to dazzle friends and strangers at parties with your esoteric wisdom and notation.

Course content

Students complete OCR AS Further Mathematics (MEI) (H635) or OCR A2 Further Mathematics (MEI) (H645). The MEI course is well supported through their excellent internet resources, for which all further mathematicians will have individual accounts. Students will complete a mandatory Pure Maths unit, a Statistics major and one other minor unit. The Pure Maths unit introduces and explores concepts including complex numbers, matrices and hyperbolic functions. In Statistics, they will work with a host of new ideas, including Normal and Poisson distributions, evaluating correlation, and probability density functions. The minor unit has historically been a classical mechanics unit, but other options are available including modelling with algorithms and an extra pure unit, and we are flexible with the course offered depending on students’ requirements.

Entry requirements

Prospective Further Mathematics students are required to have at least a Grade 7 in Mathematics at GCSE, plus at least 4 GCSEs at Grade 6 or above.

Further information

Ralph Allen students also take part in the annual UK Mathematics Trust Challenge, a national mathematics competition. A large number of student are regularly awarded golds in the competition, and there are typically students who qualify for further rounds, including the prestigious Maths Olympiad. Our students also take part in the National Cipher Challenge, a national decryption competition. Students regularly win prizes and at least one team a year gets the chance to work with a local internet security firm. We are also members of the Further Maths Support Programme, through which students access a range of enrichment and extension activities. At school we run a weekly maths club where students can get extra support with their work, as well as a Chess club where they can hone their game.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ralph Allen School directly.

Last updated date: 30 January 2018

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