Mathematics & Further Mathematics

A Level

This course is for you if...

  • you have strong mathematical skills and are aiming for a university course with mathematical content.

Mathematics and Further Mathematics can be taken alongside any subject but sits particularly well when taken with subjects chosen from Science, Economics, Business, IT, Humanities and the Social Sciences.

What topics will I study?

In the first year, you will study pure mathematics, which, 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.

You will also have the 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 model mathematically 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.

What can I do after this course?

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.


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