Further Mathematics at Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School
The AS course consists of 3 modules, one of Further Pure Maths and 2 of Decision Maths.
Further Maths contains more abstract topics than are found in the Maths AS courses, such as Complex Numbers and Matrices and involves more formal ideas of proof, including the method of mathematical induction. Decision Maths is more modern and includes algorithms (important for computer scientists and software engineers), network theory and linear programming as well as game theory.
Students should note that taking this option commits them to spending half their entire AS study on mathematical subjects, so they need to have a strong enthusiasm for the subject.
As with AS Maths the main learning technique is to listen to and take an active part in class discussion of the ideas and methods, and then to solve problems which consolidate and extend your understanding, and practise methods to acquire a fluency with the techniques, much as with a foreign language.
This course is suitable only for those who are also taking AS Mathematics, and students will normally have attained an A* at GCSE or an A at IGCSE before starting it.
The course is examined with one 90 minute exam for each of the three modules that are equally weighted. There is no coursework.
Further Maths is a highly useful course for any students wishing to study degree courses such as Engineering, Computing and Economics.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School directly.
Last updated date: 08 June 2015