Sixth Form: Further Mathematics

Subject Overview

Further Mathematics A level extends your mathematical problem solving skills even further, covering topics that are in some cases entirely abstract such as imaginary numbers – what does happen when you square root a negative number? – and hyperbolic functions – what can you do with the trigonometric functions if you just change one little bit? Further Maths is a varied and interesting topic and for those with a particular aptitude for it, it can lead to some quite interesting discoveries, for example: Why does e = -1?

Entry Requirements

Students must choose both Maths and Further Maths on the option blocks.

Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics and a Pass in the Maths Entry Test.

A level Further Mathematics has a strong core of algebra, which can present a significant challenge.  Students must be familiar with all the techniques taught at GCSE and show an aptitude for understanding the more abstract concepts taught at grades 8 and 9 at GCSE.

Syllabus (Course Outline and Structure)

For the academic year beginning in September 2017, new specifications are being introduced for mathematics ‘A’ level courses. We, along with all schools, are awaiting final details on the changes before deciding which examination board to select and how to structure the courses. The website will be updated as soon as these decisions have been made.

Activities and trips

We have no mandatory trips or activities in Maths, although throughout the two years there may be the opportunity to take part in activities, such as revision days and team challenges, run by the ‘Further Maths Network’ based at Warwick University, with whom we have been cultivating links over the last few years.
This would incur a small cost, usually of between £10 and £30 dependent on the type of activity, and may involve students arranging their own transport to and from the University.

Expected Costs

Other than the cost of the activities that we may run with the ‘Further Maths Network’ there are no expected costs associated with the Maths A Level. All the text books are lent to students for the duration of the course and they will only need to pay for them if they fail to return or badly damage them. There are no mandatory excursions and the only equipment they are required to have (other than the usual contents of a pencil case) is a scientific calculator, which they should have anyway from GCSE.

Complementary Subject Combinations and Enrichment Activities

A number of subjects combine well with Further Mathematics at A-Level. Common combinations include Physics and Computing.

Schemes of Work

 Details of the proposed Scheme of Work will be made available once the exam board has been chosen and A-level specifications have been finalised.

Past Papers

Specimen papers are an essential part of the revision process for Mathematics.  It is important to get plenty of practice of the type of questions you will be asked in exams.  These will be available in due course.

Useful Links (internal and external)

 Links to a selection of good sites that support A-level preparation and revision are provided below.

Other information

Further Maths A Level will support students who go on to study a wide range of different subjects at University or in other forms of Higher Education, the more obvious ones being Maths, Science and Engineering. It’s logical thinking and problem solving based structure make it a qualification that can pick students ‘out of the crowd’ in the eyes of many Universities and employers, even in non-Maths based courses or industries.