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Mathematics - Further at Ribston Hall High School

Course description

Further Mathematics is highly regarded and is strongly welcomed by universities. By studying Further Mathematics you are really demonstrating a strong commitment to your studies, as well as learning mathematics that is very useful for any maths based degrees. It is a challenging qualification, which both extends and deepens your knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A level Mathematics. It will provide you with a chance to explore new and/or more sophisticated mathematical concepts. Studying Further Mathematics will also boost your performance in AS/A-level Mathematics.

If you are considering applying for a mathematics based university course - Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., as well as Mathematics itself, it will make the transition easier, often enabling you to stand out as an able mathematician. Please be aware that some prestigious university courses will only accept students with Further Mathematics qualifications. If you are not planning on applying for the type of courses mentioned above but you are keen on mathematics you will find Further Mathematics a very enjoyable course and having a Further Mathematics qualification will identify you as having excellent analytical skills, whatever area you plan to study or work within.

Course content

AS Level
This is usually studied alongside AS level Mathematics In Y12, but can be taken up as a new AS subject alongside A2 Mathematics in Year 13 if circumstances allow.

Further Pure 1: This unit introduces new topics such as series, matrices and transformations and complex numbers. They are interesting in their own right but also have many applications in Physics, Engineering and other mathematics based degrees.

Decision Mathematics 1: This unit teaches you how to apply mathematical models to solve real world problems. Topics studied will include algorithms, networks and graphs and a variety of optimising problems, including linear programming which is one of the most widely used pieces of Mathematics in the world.

Statistics 2: This unit extends on the work studied in Statistics 1, (studied alongside the AS Mathematics course). It introduces the Normal and Poisson distributions, hypothesis testing and sampling techniques.


Entry requirements

A Level Mathematics must also be studied

GCSE Higher Mathematics Grade A*


AS Level

Assessment Students study three equally weighted modules throughout the year; Further Pure Mathematics 1, Decision 1 and Statistics 2.

A Level

The A2 course builds on previous modules studied and the combination varies from year to year depending on the needs of each year group.

Assessment: There will be 3 equally weighted module examinations, Further Pure Maths 2 and 3 and either Mechanics 2, Decision 2 or Statistics 3.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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