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Further Mathematics at Oaklands Catholic School

Course description

The study of Further Mathematics will enable students to:

  • develop their understanding of Mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment
  • extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult unstructured problems
  • recognise how a situation may be represented mathematically and understand the relationship between ‘real world’ problems and  standard and other mathematical models and how these can be  refined and improved
  • read and comprehend mathematical arguments and articles concerning applications of mathematics
  • develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general

Course content

Unit 1
Decision Mathematics 1 (D1)

  • Algorithms
  • Graph Theory
  • Networks
  • Linear Programming

Unit 2
Further Pure Mathematics 1 (FP1)

  • Summation of series
  • Mathematical induction
  • Roots of polynomial equations
  • Complex numbers
  • Matrices

Unit 3
Mechanics (M2)

  • Projectiles
  • Energy
  • Centre of Mass
  • Impulse

Unit 4
Further Pure Mathematics 2 (FP2)
Rational functions and graphs

  • Polar co-ordinates
  • Hyperbolic functions
  • Differentiation and integration
  • Numerical methods

Unit 5
Probability and Statistics 2 (S2)

  • Continuous random variables
  • The normal distribution
  • The poisson distribution
  • Sampling and hypothesis testing

Unit 6
Decision Mathematics 2 (D2)

  • Game theory
  • Flows in a network
  • Matching and allocation problems
  • Critical path analysis
  • Dynamic programming

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths. Predicted GCSE grade A* in Maths is essential. Students should have achieved this grade from a Year 11 top set in Maths.

Assessment

Unit 1

Decision Mathematics 1 (D1):

  • 1hr 30min written paper (all questions compulsory)
  • Calculators allowed

Unit 2

Further Pure Mathematics 1 (FP1)

  • 1hr 30min written assessment (all questions should be attempted).
  • Calculators allowed – Graphics calculator recommended.

Unit 3

Mechanics (M2)

  • Each is a 1hr 30min written paper.
  • Graphics calculator strongly recommended.

Unit 4

Further Pure Mathematics 2 (FP2)
Rational functions and graphs

  • A 1hr 30 min written paper where all questions should be attempted
  • Calculators are allowed and graphicscalculator recommended

Unit 5

Probability and Statistics 2 (S2)

  • 1hr 30 min written paper (attempt all questions)
  • Graphics calculator strongly recommended

Unit 6

Decision Mathematics 2 (D2)

  • 1hr 30 min written paper (all questions should be attempted)
  • Calculator allowed.

Future opportunities

The problem solving skills and ability to tackle tasks logically gained from Maths, make Mathematics relevant to many subjects at Higher Education and University.

Mathematics is a highly recognised Advanced level subject for entry to University and Higher Education and it is a useful stepping stone to Engineering, Sciences, Computing and Business related subjects.

Mathematics is especially relevant to those wishing to pursue careers in Finance, Business, Research, Engineering, Education, Accountancy and IT.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaklands Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2016

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