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Further Mathematics A Level (AS/A2) at The Bicester School

Course description

Further Mathematics must be studied alongside the standard Mathematics A-Level. Students will take three modules each year and due to the small class sizes there is usually some choice over the modules. The only compulsory modules are FP1 for AS Mathematics and both FP1 and FP2 for A2 Mathematics. Further Mathematics may be given less curriculum time than other subjects due to the small group size and the fast pace of learning.

AS

Unit: Further Pure 1

This exciting module introduces students to imaginary numbers, parabolic and hyperbolic equations, matrices and proof by induction. It is extremely rewarding but not for the faint hearted!

A2

Unit: Further Pure 2

This module starts by delving further into imaginary numbers and then goes straight into one of the most useful areas of mathematics: first and second order differential equations. These are used to model all sorts of processes used in Physics, Economics and Biology. A simple example is modelling the rate at which a mug of tea cools down; this is related to the temperature difference between the tea and the room, but this will change as it cools down, making it a more complicated thing to model than you may think. Last, there is an introduction to a new coordinate system: polar coordinates.

Other modules

  • Further Pure 3
  • Mechanics 2
  • Mechanics 3
  • Mechanics 4
  • Mechanics 5
  • Statistics 1
  • Statistics 2
  • Statistics 3
  • Statistics 4
  • Decision 2

Entry requirements

5 A*‐C at GCSE including English and Maths. To take two Maths A’Levels you need to really enjoy solving mathematical problems and want to devote a significant amount of your time to it.  An A* at GCSE is strongly recommended.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bicester School directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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