Further Mathematics

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Course introduction

When studying A Level Further Mathematics you go deeper into the theory of Maths; learning the material in a more stretching and challenging way. Further Maths enables students to broaden their knowledge of Maths and also study Maths to a level similar to that studied at university, and as such, students go to university better prepared.
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Paul MacDonald
A level Further Mathematics

Level

3

Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include GCSE Mathematics minimum Grade 7.A Level Further Mathematics and A Level Mathematics make up Double Mathematics and must be studied together (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

100% Examination

What will I study?

In addition to the topics covered within the A Level Mathematics course, Further Mathematics students also study:

+ Imaginary numbers – How negative numbers can have square roots and what the consequences are. This is applied in complex calculus and is unexpectedly useful in Electrical Engineering

+ Maclaurin’s Series – The Maths behind how values of sines, cosines and tangents are found

+ Polar Co-ordinates – How more complex functions can be graphed and their areas calculated

+ Second Order Differential Equations – The Maths behind the stability of static and dynamics structures such as bridges and aircraft

Where will this course lead me?

Mathematics courses at university, but Further Mathematics is useful for other degrees such as Engineering, Sciences, Economics, IT and Computing.
Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics
Elizabeth Salmon
Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics
Where next?
University of Birmingham – Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics
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Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

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Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

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Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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