Further Mathematics

Subject Intent: Why Further Mathematics?

Students who want to continue with Maths or Computer Science at degree level will benefit from studying Further Maths as it is a requirement for some Higher Education providers. Students will see the links between different areas of mathematics and apply their mathematical skills across all areas. Students will learn how to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning. Students are taught to read and comprehend mathematical arguments, including justifications of methods and formulae, and students will gain confidence to communicate their understanding. Students will use their mathematical skills and techniques to solve challenging problems, which require them to decide on the solution strategy. All of these skills are highly desirable in the work place and in further education.

Why should I study this subject?
Further Maths A-Level gives you the opportunity to study pure maths, mechanics, and statistics to a greater depth – both by building upon the content of A-Level Maths, and by exploring new areas such as complex numbers, matrices, and polar coordinates. You will use your mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems within pure and applied mathematics, and learn to communicate the mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly. Further Maths must be studied alongside Maths, and so the number of Maths lessons on your timetable will be doubled. Further Maths has to be taken as a fourth subject.

What will I study?
• Complex numbers
• Matrices
• Polar coordinates
• Vectors
• Algebra and functions
• Calculus
• Hyperbolic functions
• Work, energy and power
• Circular motion
• Momentum and collisions
• Random variables
• Chi-squared tests
• Hypothesis testing

What are the entry requirements?
Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

“As well as improving my problem-solving skills and my analytical thinking, studying Further Maths has taught me to think outside the box and look for solutions that are not seen by the common eye. It is a challenging subject, however it is also equally rewarding thanks to the support from our teachers and tutors”
Sam Kay – Kettlethorpe High School