Why study A Level Further Mathematics?

Mathematics provides the foundations for everything we use in our lives on a daily basis. From using prime numbers for securing financial transactions on the internet to the logistical complications of timetabling our train networks to the mathematics of 4-D ultrasound scans during pregnancy. Further Mathematics takes your study of the subject beyond the requirements of the Mathematics course and gives a much wider range of content and higher degree of difficulty.

Universities hold this qualification in high regard and some universities adjust their entry requirements based on whether one of the A Levels is Further Mathematics. Having Further Mathematics on a CV is something that will distinguish you from others as a gifted Mathematician.

How will I be assessed?

Further Mathematics is assessed purely by examination at the end of the course.

Four exams of 1½ hours each:

The first two papers will assess Core Maths and the second two options selected from Further Pure, Mechanics or Decision Maths.

Prerequisites

Further Mathematics is a demanding course that is suitable only for the most able Mathematicians; it is therefore required that you have Grade 8 or 9 in Mathematics at GCSE level. In order to take A Level Further Mathematics you must also be taking A Level Mathematics It is advised that A Level Further Mathematics is taken as one of four A Level subjects.

#### What will I study?

##### Core Pure 1 and 2:
• Proof
• Complex Numbers
• Matrices
• Further Calculus
• Further Algebra
• Polar Coordinates
• Differential Equations
• Hyperbolic Functions
• Further Vectors
• Series
##### Mechanics:
• Dimensional Analysis
• Work Energy and Power
• Impulse and Momentum
• Centre of Mass
• Motion in a Circle
• Further Dynamics and Kinematics
##### Decision:
• Graphics and Networks
• Algorithms (including Network, Simplex)
• Decision Making in Project Management
• Graphical Linear Programming
• Game Theory
##### Further Pure:
• Sequence and Series
• Number Theory
• Groups
• Further Vectors
• Surfaces
• Partial Differentiation
• Further Calculus