Why study further maths?

This course will appeal to you if you are interested in, and have the ability to study, further maths. If you would also like to pursue maths at university, or your chosen higher education course is likely to have a demanding mathematical content, then this course will enhance your knowledge.

You will develop your understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment. You will develop abilities to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning, to generalise and to construct mathematical proofs.

What will I learn about?

Further pure:

You will extend your knowledge of algebra, differentiation, integration, complex numbers, graphs and matrices. This unit provides the compulsory problem-solving tools that are needed in so many subjects.

Decision maths:

A unique approach to analysing problems, and then converting them into ones that can be ‘solved’ by a computer. This is done by devising algorithms which converge towards a solution often by being repeatedly applied. The technique is useful in a variety of applications and wide range of industry sectors such as computer programming and chemistry. Other course topics include algorithms, graph theory, networks and linear programming.

How will I be assessed?

  • Examinations

Future pathways and careers

  • Engineering
  • Accountancy
  • Science
  • Business management

An A Level in further mathematics is highly regarded by all universities and any future employer and will put you in a very strong position when applying for a place on a degree course in any type of engineering, accountancy or science-based courses at university. Knowledge of further mathematical skills will open up many opportunities in management-based employment.

Entry requirements

GCSE at grade 7 in mathematics and students must also be taking A Level mathematics.

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