Further Mathematics

Exam Board: Edexcel

The Edexcel Further Mathematics specification consists of four units; two compulsory units (Core Pure 1 and Core Pure 2) and two additional units which we prescribe to be Decision 1 and Further Mechanics 1 at KNGS. The Further Mathematics A Level is examined via 4 papers, which are all equally weighted, at the end of the two year course.

Course content:

Core Pure – Proof, matrices, complex numbers, Argand diagrams, series, calculus, volumes of revolution, Maclaurin series, further calculus, vectors, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions and second order differential equations.

Decision 1 – Algorithms and graph theory, sorts, matchings, Dijkstra’s algorithm, Prim’s and Kruskal’s algorithm, travelling Salesman problems, critical path analysis and linear programming.

Further Mechanics 1 – Momentum, collisions in two dimensions, work done, kinetic energy, potential energy, power, Hooke’s law and elastic collisions.

Entry requirements:

Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics and please note you must also study A Level Mathematics to study A Level Further Mathematics.

Progression routes and careers:

Further Mathematics is a second A Level in mathematics and regarded as a subject in its own right. The aim is to build on skills developed in A Level Mathematics and increase depth and breadth of subject knowledge. Further Mathematics an academically rigorous and demanding subject and is suited to those who are considering Higher Education courses in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, and other highly numerate disciplines or simply for those who really enjoy mathematics!

Extra Curricular activities:

There are many extra-curricular opportunities including the team maths challenge, the maths ambassador scheme working with Year 7 pupils, organising numeracy competitions and supporting lower school students in maths clinics.