Mathematics – Further
Examination body: Edexcel
Further Mathematics is just as you would expect. If you are applying to mathematically-related courses at one of the top universities (Engineering for example) you are certain to require Further Maths. Such advice is, perhaps, a bit superfluous because if you are considering such courses you MUST enjoy Mathematics. If you do enjoy Maths why not study it in more depth? At the very least it will give you an insight into the difficulties, challenges and beauty of advanced Mathematics.
If you are successful at Further Maths you will not be short of offers from either universities or employers.
The A Level course is only for students who love Mathematics, enjoy a challenge, are self-motivated, hardworking and have at least grade 8 at GCSE Maths and an A in GCSE Further Maths. This is why Further Mathematicians are highly sought after by universities and employers.
Recently, the examination boards made it possible to study for an AS Level in Further Mathematics alongside the Mathematics AS Level by picking out topics which ‘stand-alone’.
Delivery and assessment
Further Pure Maths is compulsory and involves new topics such as Matrices, Complex Numbers, Proof by Induction and introduces the Taylor and Maclaurin Series, Polar Equations and Differential Equations. We cover the Decision Maths as the optional module,
which involves Algorithms, Linear Programming and Critical Path Analysis.