Further Mathematics

A Level - A Levels

Start Date

5th September 2016

Course Duration

2 years

Type

Full time

Venue

Sixth Form College

Course Overview

A Level Maths and Further Maths are exciting, interesting and challenging subjects. The aim is to develop your understanding of maths and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment. You will extend your maths skills and techniques and be able to recognise how a real-life situation may be represented mathematically. You will develop skills in reasoning, logic, evaluation, comprehension and problem solving.

Exam Board Information

Edexcel

Progression and Career Opportunities

Maths graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment. Mathematicians enter a very wide range of career areas ranging from Aerospace and Defence to Finance. Studying maths provides you with valuable skills and a firm base for life-long learning.

For further information on graduate jobs visit http://www.mathscareers.org.uk/

A Level Maths and Further Maths are highly regarded within higher education. The Russell Group of leading UK universities has published Informed Choices, a guide to post-16 subject choices, which listed both A Level Maths and Further Maths as facilitating subjects.

Previous students went onto study a variety of subjects ranging from economics to medicine.

Additional Information

What you need to know

The key factors contributing to successful achievement within A Level Mathematics are: an appreciation and enjoyment of the subject, an excellent work ethic, an inquisitive mind and a resilient attitude.

Prior to the start of the course we would expect all students to have a clear and confident understanding of algebra including:

• Setting up and solving simple linear equations including simultaneous linear equations.
• Solving quadratic equations by using factorisation, the quadratic formula and completing the square.
• Using index laws for multiplication and division of integer, fractional and negative powers.
• Using surd form including rationalising a denominator.

Suggested reading

In order to stay in touch with modern Mathematical developments and review past achievements we would recommend further reading through journals and websites. Below are some examples:

http://www.ima.org.uk/
http://www.maths.org/
http://www.furthermaths.org.uk/students

In preparation for the A Level subject we would recommend the following text book:

CGP Headstart to A Level Maths


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