Mathematics & Further Mathematics
If you would like to take your study of Maths further and to a higher level, particularly for preparation for a STEM course at higher education, this is a good choice of course.
This course is for you if...
...you have strong mathematical skills and are aiming for a university course with mathematical content.
Where can this course lead to?
A Level Mathematics is a much sought-after qualification for entry to a wide variety of full time courses in higher education. At this level some will choose to study maths in its own right, leading to careers in, for example, finance, accounting, actuarial science and teaching. A Level Mathematics is also an essential requirement for many university courses such as Physics and Engineering.
What will I study on this course?
In total you will study three pure mathematics modules and three applications modules. The pure mathematics modules cover the key mathematical processes, techniques and skills you need to solve equations and work with functions and graphs. You will extend your knowledge of algebra and trigonometry as well as learning fresh concepts such as calculus. You will also see how the number system can be extended to allow negative numbers to have square roots and begin to explore matrices.
The three applications modules give you an opportunity to use your mathematics to model the real world using statistics, mechanics or decision mathematics.
In statistics you will learn how to analyse and summarise numerical data and how to use probability distributions to model real life events and their outcomes.
In mechanics you will learn to mathematically model how the motion of an object responds to the forces applied to it. In decision mathematics you use a variety of algorithms (repeated processes) to enable you to reach decisions for a number of network problems.
The same pattern continues in the second year as you take on another six modules (three pure and three applied mathematics) as you work to gain A Levels in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
Extended opportunities and enrichment
Students taking Further Mathematics will get the opportunity to take extra modules from the Mathematics A Level programme and develop their knowledge to a greater extent.