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Maths is such a vast subject with so many applications, Further Maths A Level provides the opportunity to develop some of the concepts met in A Level Maths as well as study a greater variety of applications. It attracts students who thoroughly enjoy the subject and are keen to extend their understanding and knowledge as it provides the chance to study some more demanding and abstract concepts.
You will further develop your Pure Mathematics skills, studying topics such as matrices, vector geometry, proof, complex numbers, advanced calculus and series expansions. The applied elements include Statistics and Decision Mathematics. Decision Maths involves the application of advanced analytical methods to decide on the best solution to a problem. The Statistics part of the course builds on the skills developed in A Level Maths and includes the study of statistical tests and probability distributions.
We recommend studying Further Maths as one of 4 subjects initially, to keep your options open. It can be studied for one or two years, depending on your other subject choices.
Nearly all Further Maths students go on to study a mathematical subject at university. These subjects include Maths, Engineering, Computing, Economics and Physics. Some prestigious universities require students to have studied A Level Further Maths to be accepted on to the courses mentioned and all universities would consider it highly desirable.
At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 7 in Maths (strongly advised to pick 4 subjects).
NOTE: You must be studying A Level Maths in order to study Further Maths.
Maths (compulsory), Statistics, Physics, Computing, Economics, Chemistry and Biology.
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