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Further Maths A Level at Salisbury 6th Form College

Course description

Students taking Further Mathematics overwhelmingly find it to be an enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience. It is a challenging qualification, which both extends and deepens your knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A Level Mathematics. Students who do it often say it is their favourite subject.

It makes the transition from sixth form to university courses which are mathematically rich that much easier as more of the first year course content will be familiar.

If you are planning to take a degree such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., or perhaps Mathematics itself, you will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics. The first year of Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many STEM degrees. Students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to such degrees far more straightforward.

The Further Maths course covers an introduction to many areas of pure mathematics including: the difference between real and imaginary numbers, matrices, geometry and algebra. Additionally the course looks at how algorithms and differential equations can be used to solve real world problems in applicable maths, through techniques such as modelling and critical path analysis.

Maths at S6C generally has small classes that allow students to develop their skills independently while still having rapid access to support.  

Course content

Two core modules covering key skills take place in each year.

A third module is then studied in each year and these cover Statistics, Mechanics (mathematical physics) and Decision (IT related mathematical skills).

These are generally selected to give the student a wider range of mathematical skills and so a student studying Statistics in the main Maths course will probably study Mechanics and Decision.

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need grade 7 or above in GCSE Maths (A Level Maths must be studied in addition to Further Maths)

Future opportunities

Further Mathematics is a highly desirable subject for anyone hoping to study a STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) in higher education. For example, complex numbers are extensively used in electrical studies.

Beyond STEM subjects, further maths skills can be useful for those students wishing to take Economics or related subjects at university.

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What our students think

“Further Maths is a great challenge and makes you feel like a proper mathematician! I love the range of topics and the cool stuff you discover – like imaginary numbers…! If you love maths I would certainly encourage you to do it!”

Naomi, previously St Edmund’s Girls’ School

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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