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Further Mathematics A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Ashbourne Independent School

Course description

Further Mathematics is not that difficult but poses a problem even for those who enjoy maths: you have to study. With AS Maths, once you have confidently mastered a technique, say max/min problems, it is not really necessary to ‘revise’. For A level Maths you must spend a little time memorising trigonometric identities (at least you should) or refreshing your understanding of parametric integration. But in general, provided you practise a lot you will be fine come the exam. For Further Mathematics this process of refreshing is essential.

You will learn more about vectors, transformations and, if you choose to, hyperbolic functions which together provide a foothold on the mountain leading to Einstein’s general theory of relativity. You will also delve more deeply into the theory of complex numbers, culminating with an elegant introduction to complex transformations. Interestingly FP1 and FP2 or FP3 are the only compulsory modules; you have a wealth of choice and can avoid mechanics or statistics (but not both) should one or the other not butter your bread.

Unsurprisingly top universities such as Imperial College demand A* for undergraduate courses in Mathematics or Engineering; surprisingly the London School of Economics (LSE) now asks for it for Economics.

Generally studying Further Maths is a good idea if you like maths but a nightmare if you don’t.

If you are applying to mathematically related courses at one of the top universities (engineering for example) you are certain to require Further Maths. Such advice is, perhaps, a bit superfluous because if you are considering such courses you MUST enjoy Mathematics. If you do enjoy Maths why not study it in more depth? At the very least it will give you an insight into the difficulties, challenges and beauty of advanced Mathematics.

Course content

The units in Mathematics are called modules. Students take six modules, two of which are compulsory. The compulsory modules are Further Pure Mathematics: FP1 and either FP2 or FP3. The remaining four optional modules and be chosen from: Mechanics – M1, M2, M3, M4; Statistics – S1, S2, S3; and Decision Mathematics – D1, D2. Students must choose optional modules that they have not previously studied.

Entry requirements

Ashbourne aims to attract students with good character and solid academic achievements. The college takes great care with admissions and interviews each applicant. The interview is friendly, informal and without obligation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashbourne Independent School directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2016

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