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A Level Further Mathematics

This course is for students who wish to study double Mathematics at Advanced Level. Further Mathematics both broadens and deepens the maths covered at A Level.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language. This must include Mathematics at grade A. This course must be studied alongside A level Mathematics.

Course Content

The two-year course follows the MEI (Mathematics in Education and Industry) specification as administered by the Oxford and Cambridge Board. Further Maths students must take twelve modules, the contents of which are summarised below.

Year one (3 Units)

Further Pure 1: Further Concepts for Advanced Mathematics: Complex Numbers, Matrices, Proof, Algebra

Statistics 2: Data Representation, Probability, Distribution, Hypothesis Testing, Sampling.

Mechanics 1: Force, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Centre of Mass, Momentum, Simple Harmonic Motion. Numerical Analysis.

Year two (3 more units)

Further Pure 2: Further Methods for Advanced Mathematics Further Complex Numbers and Matrices, Hyperbolic Functions and their inverses.

Two more units can be taken from a choice of Statistics 3, Mechanics 2 and 3, Numerical Methods.

How will I be taught?

Extensive materials similar to those for A Level Maths are produced to support each of the modules and the course is taught in classes of approximately fifteen students.

Each week students are given a maths conundrum to develop their problem-solving skills and extend their knowledge beyond the syllabus. This is excellent preparation for the entrance examinations of the best universities.

How will I be assessed?

Each module has an examination and some have a coursework component. Six module exams are taken during the first year and six during the second year.

Examination is available in June.

Modules can be re-taken once to improve grades.

Will I need any extra equipment?

Textbooks are provided, mainly as published by MEI. A scientific calculator is essential and a graph-plotting calculator is advisable. These may be purchased through the College at a discount.

What qualifications will I get?

You will be awarded A Levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Key Skills – Opportunities exist to develop Communications, Application of Number and Information Technology.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Most students progress to higher education to study a wide variety of subjects. If you are planning to study for a degree in a subject rich in mathematics (including engineering, sciences, computing, finance) you will benefit from taking Further Mathematics.

Course Information

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and assessment fees. If you are in receipt of an income based benefit please ask about financial assistance, which may be available.

Please contact Customer Services on 0800 056 0511 or email customerservices@southdowns.ac.uk for further information.

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