Further Mathematics A Level at Bilborough College
Further Mathematics is studied in combination with Mathematics, counting as two subjects. The course covers many different branches of maths and is aimed at students who show real talent and enthusiasm for the subject.
During your first year (AS), as well as studying Core 1, Core 2, Statistics 1, Mechanics 1 and Decision 1 (please see Mathematics for details) you will take a module called Further Pure 1. This develops the ideas encountered in Core 1 and Core 2, as well
as introducing imaginary numbers and matrices.
In the second year (A2), alongside Core 3, Core 4, Mechanics 2 and Statistics 2 (again, see Mathematics for more information) you will study Decision 2 and Further Pure 2. The former extends the ideas of efficiency from Decision 1 to organise projects and introduces simple game theory, while the latter introduces more complex methods of integration, hyperbolic functions and more imaginary numbers.
To study this subject, you must enjoy a challenge and have an A* at GCSE Mathematics.
We aim to give you the best possible footing for university and your future career with enrichment opportunities and CV-enhancing experiences. Each year we run a trip toMaths Inspiration, for example, where students have the opportunity to, as the organisers
put it, "experience the UK's most inspiring maths speakers live, in big venues, presenting mathematics in the context of exciting, real-world situations”. Presentations have intriguing titles such as ‘Rollercoasters: Designed To Thrill’, ‘From Pepsi to Peace
Deals’ and ‘The Friendship Paradox of Facebook’.
We also encourage you to enter the Senior Challenge, an international competition run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. We regularly see several of our students progressing on to the next round. You can also try out for the Team Challenges. Our college has performed impressively in this competition in recent years, finishing second in the regional heat in 2012 and progressing on to the national final in 2011.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bilborough College directly.