Further Mathematics A Level
If you are studying A Level Mathematics and enjoy the challenge of solving problems you should also consider choosing Further Mathematics A Level. Further Mathematics can provide a challenge and a chance to explore new and/or more sophisticated mathematical concepts. Students taking Further Mathematics find it to be an enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience. It enables you to distinguish yourself as an able mathematician in the university and employment market and it will make the transition to a mathematics-related university course much easier.
Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade 7, 8 or 9 including English Language and grade 8 or 9 in Mathematics. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of three GCSEs at grade 6, GCSE grade 8 or 9 in Mathematics and no less than grade 5 in English Language and at least one other grade 5 or above.
If you are planning to take a Mathematics related degree at university (this covers a very wide range of academic areas including Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, as well as Mathematics itself) then you will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics.
You will study many new topics including Further Pure Mathematics (matrices, complex numbers, inequalities, proof by induction, polar co-ordinates, and power series), Decision Mathematics (algorithms, networks, critical path analysis) and Statistics (collecting and interpreting data and using probability models). Studying Further Mathematics is also likely to boost your performance in the standard A Level Mathematics.
The course is assessed by examination at the end of the 2nd year. You will sit three, 2 hour papers.
Enrichment and Work Experience
There is an opportunity to complete a one-week work placement in the summer term. Students of Further Mathematics have enjoyed various enrichment activities, including a visiting speaker from the Mathematics department at the University of Manchester. Mathematics students have also taken part in the UK Senior Maths Challenge.
If you are studying Further Mathematics, you also need to study A Level Mathematics. Many Maths and Further Maths students also study Physics, Chemistry, Business Studies, Psychology or Computer Science. Maths and Further Maths combine well with a wide range of other subjects.
Future Career Opportunities
Further Mathematics qualifications are prestigious and are strongly welcomed by universities. Students that have studied Further Mathematics are demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies as well as learning mathematics is very useful for any maths related degree (including Engineering and Physics).
Why Study at BSFC?
The College is a modern, friendly environment. Your Mathematics teachers work hard to support you and every year a high proportion of our students progress to the top universities.