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A Level Further Mathematics at Bournemouth School for Girls

Course description

In depth and scope, there is no limit to the interest that Further Mathematics could offer you. It is designed to broaden the mathematical experience for those where AS Mathematics is not enough! As Mathematics is such a vast subject it is impossible to cover it in one course. Hence Further Mathematics develops some of the concepts met in A level Mathematics and brings it to a higher plain and provides more opportunity to see how Mathematics is applied. Further Mathematics is a very impressive qualification to have on your CV and is not as difficult as you may expect. Many degrees, such as Engineering, Physics or Mathematics are now expecting Mathematics and Further Mathematics qualifications.

Course content

AS Level

UNIT 1 Description of Subject Content

Further Pure Mathematics 1 (FP1)
Complex numbers, use method of differences, proof by induction and matrices.


UNIT 2 Description of Subject Content

Decision Mathematics 1 (D1)
Flow diagrams and Algorithms, linear programming to solve a real world problem, use networks to simulate a travelling sales person's route.


UNIT 3 Description of Subject Content

Mechanics 1 (M1)
Force as a vector, Newton's Law of Motion or
Statistics 1 (S1)

Representation of Data, Probability, Binomial, Geometric Distributions and Correlation.

A2 Level


UNIT 4 Description of Subject Content

Further Pure Mathematics 2 (FP2)
Sketch curves using Polar co-ordinates, derive and differentiate hyperbolic functions, use the Maclaurin series and Newton Raphson method for iteration.


UNIT 5 Description of Subject Content

Further Pure Mathematics 3 (FP3)
Use second order linear differential equations, extend vector knowledge, apply de Moivre's and Lagrange's Theorems.


UNIT 6 Description of Subject Content

Mechanics 2 (M2)
Centre of mass, linear momentum, energy work and power, uniform motion in circle. or
Statistics 2 (S2)
Normal distribution, sampling and confidence intervals and significance testing.

Entry requirements

This subject needs to be taken in conjunction with Mathematics AS level. The course is aimed at very able mathematicians who enjoy the subject and are keen to go beyond A level Mathematics. A grade A or A* at GCSE is required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bournemouth School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015
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