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The A-level Further Maths course is largely for those who want to pursue mathematics at degree level. Students who choose Further Maths also take the Maths A-level, as there is significant overlap between the two. Over the two-year course, you will study some pure maths modules, which may include many new topics such as complex/imaginary numbers, matrices, proof by induction, differential equations and polar coordinates. Further Maths is particularly recommended for those wishing to study mathematics, engineering, physical sciences or computing at university, but it is also commonly accepted (alongside other subjects) as an appropriate qualification for entry to almost any career or degree course. A-level Further Maths can only be studied as a fourth subject alongside A-level Maths and two other subjects. Further Maths extends ideas from A-level Maths and also introduces completely new topics such as complex numbers and matrices. As a result, the content will be the same as A-level Maths, but with extra components. In this course, you will study: Pure Mathematics • Pure maths looks at the theoretical side of mathematics and develops your knowledge and understanding of algebra and geometry. • Some of the topics will be familiar to you already from GCSE – for example, equations of straight lines and trigonometry. • Other topics (e.g. calculus) will be completely new, but will hopefully be interesting to you and exciting to learn. Statistics • Statistics contains a lot of familiar topics for you (e.g. averages, histograms and probability). • The module also introduces various statistical distributions. The topics you are familiar with will be developed further and extended, and new topics will add variety and interest. Mechanics • Mechanics is the mathematical part of physics. • This module explores the forces on a stationary object and on an object moving in one dimension. • You will be looking at travel graphs and motion in a straight line in this module and using vectors, which you may have encountered at GCSE. Complex Numbers • You'll be familiar with the quadratic formula and the fact that if you end up square rooting a negative number, you say there are no solutions. Well, Further Maths introduces you to complex numbers, which will enable you to find solutions when you previously thought there were none! Matrices • Another new topic is matrices, which are an array of numbers displayed in rows and columns. They can be used to solve simultaneous equations and describe transformations. They are used a great deal in computer graphics – in fact, most computer games wouldn't exist without matrices.
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What do I need to join?
Five GCSEs at grade 4–9, including English and Maths. You must also have a grade 8 in Maths and study A-level Maths. This can only be studied as a fourth subject.
You will be required to do a minimum of 36 hours of work experience. This is usually completed in a week during your first year in term time, where you will have the opportunity to explore a career field which takes your interest. In the lead-up to this week, you will be asked to create an exciting CV during a group tutorial period. The aim of this activity is to give you an idea of what full-time employment is like and to help you think about which career you would like to follow.
What can I do next?
There is a massive outreach for mathematicians in current industry. With the rise in new technology, the need for elite mechanical engineers, data analysts, software engineers and civil servants is skyrocketing. A-level Further Maths is a subject that can lead to an extremely successful career. The types of degree course A-level Further Maths students want heavily involve the topics covered in the subject. In modern times, this course can provide some of the most exciting jobs to date. Successful A-level Further Maths mathematicians prove to employers that they are of high performance ability. Being able to think quickly and logically is an invaluable skill that is refined in this course.
Both AS and A-level Further Maths are seen as distinguishing subjects by both universities and employers (i.e. they are not prerequisites, but they are looked upon very favourably).
Course information last updated: Thursday 24th September 2020 @ 8.30am (20 hours ago)