Further Mathematics

Why study Further Mathematics?

This is a course for those who have a passion for the subject combined with a proven ability at GCSE level. Successful candidates usually have a very good grade at GCSE (or equivalent) and have often studied Maths beyond the taught GCSE course e.g. Additional Maths (although this is not necessary).

Further Mathematics is a course that is sometimes a requirement by some of the more prestigious universities for Mathematics, Physical Science or Engineering courses.

Students who opt for Further Mathematics will study Mathematics and Further Mathematics alongside two other A level subjects giving a total of four A levels.

Those opting to study Further Mathematics would complete the whole single Mathematics A level course throughout Year 12 and then move on to the Further Mathematics material in Year 13.

Heads of Department: Mr A Skailes (Girls), Dr H Evans (Boys).

Course content

Board: Edexcel   A level Syllabus Code: 9FM0

Compulsory A level topics include:

  • Complex Numbers, Matrices, Polar Coordinates, Hyperbolic Functions, Differential Equations, Further Calculus
  • The Core Pure Mathematics makes up 50% of the course.

Optional A level modules are:

  • Mechanics, Statistics, Decision Maths, Additional Pure Maths

There are two modules for each of these.  We currently plan to follow the Mechanics and Statistics courses to give breadth to the topics studied, although the combination can be tailored to suit the aspirations of the group.

Method of assessment

Papers 1&2 – Core Pure Mathematics:
1½ hours each;  75 marks (25% of A level) for each paper

Papers 3&4 – Optional Units:
1½ hours each; 75 marks (25% of A level) for each paper