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Further Mathematics A Level at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College

Course description

A-level Further Mathematics is designed to broaden and deepen the mathematical knowledge and skills developed when studying A-level Mathematics. It may be studied alongside or after taking A‑level Mathematics and provides a stimulating experience for those who enjoy the subject.

A-level Further Mathematics is made up of six units. Many combinations of units are allowed for AS and A-level Further Mathematics. There are four Further Pure units available and any of the applied units listed for A‑level Mathematics may be used towards A-level Further Mathematics. There are additional Statistics and Mechanics units available only for Further Mathematics.

The four Further Pure units build upon the techniques in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus developed from the Pure Core units as well as introducing topics such as complex numbers, matrices, proof, hyperbolic functions, polar coordinates and differential equations.

Mathematical applications make up the remainder of the qualification and there are various options to suit the needs of individual students.

The applications fall into three strands:

  • Decision – networks, algorithms, sorting, linear programming, mathematical modelling.
  • Mechanics – forces, energy, motion, kinematics, projectiles, mathematical modelling, moments, collisions and stability.
  • Statistics – probability, data handling, probability distributions, estimation, correlation and regression and hypothesis testing.

Students can focus on one strand or study a mixture of the three.

All units are of equal weighting and are assessed by an exam of 1 hour 30 minutes available in the June series. Statistics 1 has optional coursework worth 25 per cent of the unit with an accompanying exam of 1 hour 15 minutes.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Hunt Community Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 11 November 2014

Key information

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