# A Level Further Mathematics

## Have you ever wondered what is happening when your calculator displays “Maths Error”? Or what would happen if you could square root a negative number?

#### Why Study A Level Further Mathematics?

Have you ever wondered what is happening when your calculator displays “Maths Error”?  Or what would happen if you could square root a negative number?  Further maths is where you find out.  The course studies concepts at a deeper level, whilst introducing some new concepts that show how the ties between different areas of maths are much stronger than students previously thought.

##### Course Content

To study Further Mathematics, you must be completing A-Level Mathematics as an additional option.  This is due to Further Maths building on, and deepen, the learning from the Mathematics A-Level course.  However, if studying Maths and Further Maths you can select either one or two additional A-Levels to complete. We follow the Edexcel A Level in Further Mathematics (9FM0), which is the same exam board as the A Level in Mathematics, meaning consistency in style of questioning and resource. Students cover the following content:

##### Core Pure Mathematics
• Proof
• Complex Numbers
• Matrices
• Further Algebra and Functions
• Further Calculus
• Further Vectors
• Polar Co-ordinates
• Hyperbolic Functions
• Differential Equations
• Decision Mathematics
• Further Mechanics

This course is assessed with the following equally weighted papers at the end of Year 13:

Paper 1 – Core Pure Mathematics

– Any of the content from above

– 1hour 30mins, 75 marks

Paper 2 – Core Pure Mathematics

– Any of the content from above

– 1hour 30mins, 75 marks

Paper 3 – Decision Mathematics

– 1hour 30mins, 75 marks

Paper 4 – Further Mechanics

– 1hour 30mins, 75 marks

All exams are calculator papers and the department has graphics calculators that can be used both in lessons and in exams. However, it is advised that all pupils have their own Casio CG50 calculator, which can be purchased from the school at a discounted cost.

Students who study A Level Further Mathematics tend to be those who wish to pursue a STEM-based discipline at university, typically Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics or Engineering. However, the skills developed on this course can be applied to any discipline or higher-level apprenticeship.