MATHEMATICS (FURTHER) What does the course involve? The course develops skills in four areas of mathematics; pure maths, statistics, mechanics and decision mathematics. Pure maths extends the core maths covered at A level, whilst introducing new topics such as complex numbers. Statistics and mechanics also extends the concepts covered at A level, while decision maths studies algorithms and networks. There are six units and we usually cover the following modules, but these can vary according to the interests of the students in the group; AS Further Pure 1 Decision Mathematics 1 Decision Mathematics 2 A2 Further Pure 2 Statistics 2 Mechanics 2 The course covers the Edexcel specification, which you can access at www.edexcel.co.uk. What qualifications do I need? This course is suitable for students who have achieved a grade ‘A’ or above in GCSE Mathematics. You must also be studying A-level Mathematics to follow this course. Equipment A scientific calculator is essential for most units. Some students enjoy using graphic calculators, the department has a class set of these for use in lessons. We also have maths specific software, which can enhance students’ understanding, installed on a number of computers around school. Assessment All units are assessed by a written examination. Each module carries equal weighting towards the final result. General Comments Further mathematics extends students mathematical knowledge and understanding. It is an enjoyable and rewarding subject which explores new concepts and ideas to a high level. It provides an additional challenge for any students who enjoy maths and are confident in their ability in the subject. It develops students’ understanding of mathematical processes and enables them to model real life problems. Future Prospects Further Mathematics is a requirement for most Mathematics degrees. Many degrees like Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or Computer Science also require Further Mathematics to at least AS Level. The Further Maths Support Programme has excellent information regarding which Universities or courses require Further Mathematics: http://www.furthermaths.org.uk/universities.php