Further Mathematics at Brighouse High School

Course description

Further Mathematics is for those who have a real love of the subject and are potentially considering a Mathematics or Mathematics based degree at university.

The AS/A2 course builds on the topics studied in the AS/A2 Mathematics qualification and stretches these further.  In addition, there are many stand-alone topics and also entire self-contained units which require an open and enquiring mind.  Some of the content is, literally, rocket science!

There are extremely high expectations of students choosing this course.  You will need natural mathematical ability and this must be coupled with high levels of effort and persistence.  As with AS/A2 level maths a large amount of the understanding will be gained through independent study.   The development of concepts in Further Maths has the added advantage of increasing the understanding of those topics in AS/A2 Mathematics.

Course content

Year 12 Course Content:

AS exams:  Decision Maths 1 and 2, plus Further Pure 1

• Decision Maths 1 – Looks at finding optimal solutions for problems, such as finding the shortest distance between two towns, or the most cost efficient way to produce goods.
• Decision Maths 2 – Builds and extends on concepts from Decision Maths 1.  Looks at optimal flows in networks, and introduces Game Theory.
• Further Pure 1 – Builds on some concepts from AS/A2 Mathematics.  Introduces i as the square root of -1 (a concept necessary for many engineering solutions).  Also introduces matrices and proofs by induction.

Year 13 Course Content:

A2 exams:  Further Pure 2, plus 2 others from Mechanics 2 and 3 and Statistics 2

• Further Pure 2 – Builds on some concepts from Further Pure 1.  Introduces differential equations, polar co-ordinates and the method of differences.
• Mechanics 2 – Build on Mechanics 1 and introduces centres of mass.
•  Mechanics 3 – Builds on Mechanics 2 and also introduces motion in a circle and simple harmonic motion.
• Statistics 2 – Build on concepts from Statistics 1 and introduces many more distributions and approximations of distributions.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:   A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades including Mathematics and English language.

A minimum of grade B is required in GCSE Mathematics.

Financial information

Assessment:

AS course: 3 exams at the end of year 12 in May/June 2017

A2 course: 3 exams at the end of year 13 in May/June 2018

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brighouse High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 January 2016

Key information

• Start date: Next September
• Duration: 1 year