Exam Board: Edexcel
Subject Leader: Mr S Roberts
Further Mathematics is a qualification that both broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in A Level Mathematics. As with Mathematics A Level, Further Mathematics is divided into pure and applied units. This examination is unusual in that it can only be taken IN ADDITION to A Level Mathematics.
How is the course organised and assessed?
The course is divided into three groups, Core Pure Mathematics, Further Statistics 1, and Decision Mathematics.
Core Pure Mathematics expands on topics covered in Mathematics A Level in addition to including work on new topics such as Complex Numbers and Matrices. Further Statistics 1 expands on material taught in the Statistics module in Mathematics in A Level, covering material such as the Geometric Distribution and Chi-Squared Tests. Decision Mathematics has close links with Computing and Economics. It covers topics including Linear Programming, Critical Path Analysis, and Algorithms on Graphs.
At the end of the course, students will sit 4 exam papers, each counting for one quarter of their total grade. The first 2 exams are on their work in Core Pure Mathematics. The 3rd and 4th exams are on their work in Decision Maths and Further Statistics 1.
Further Mathematics can only be taken alongside a Mathematics A Level. It leads perfectly into many maths based degrees, but also is well sort after for applicants going into Physics and Engineering degrees at university.