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Further Mathematics A-level - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level:
Level 3 A-levels
Course Code:
FTB027
Location:
North Devon Campus
Duration:
Two years


If you have a genuine love of, or a real aptitude for, mathematics, this Further Mathematics study programme will take you deeper into this hugely rewarding subject and allow you to really explore your abilities. A-level Further Mathematics is a valuable, well-recognised qualification for future life.

This course allows you to really explore your mathematics abilities by looking at a variety of different aspects of mathematics not studied at A-level. Studying Further Mathematics gives you an advantage if you wish to study Mathematics, Physics or Engineering related subjects at university.

FAQs  

In the first year of Further Mathematics, there is a compulsory unit on Pure Mathematics, which covers a range of topics including series, complex numbers and matrix algebra which are not encountered when studying A-Level Mathematics. There will also be 2 applied units extending the work on Mechanics and Statistics from A-Level Maths. The Mechanics focuses on solving more complex problems while the Statistics looks at more statistical tests and the study of further statistical distributions.

In the second year there is a more in-depth exploration of complex numbers, vectors and matrix algebra in the Pure Mathematics unit as well as the introduction of new topics such as the hyperbolic trigonometric functions. These topics provide an excellent foundation for those learners who are hoping to study Mathematics, Engineering or Physics related subjects at university. The second year applied content is usually Mechanics based featuring new topics such as simple harmonic motion, circular motion and oblique impacts.

This course can only be taken in addition to A-Level Mathematics.
First Year:
Three papers on Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics - 1 hour 15 minutes each

Second Year:
One papers on Pure Maths – 2 hours 40 minutes
One Major Applied Paper - 2 hour 15 minutes
One Minor Applied Paper - 1 hour 15 minutes

The final A-Level grade is based entirely on the second year exam papers which test knowledge gained over the whole two year course.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

You will be required to achieve a grade 7-9 in Maths. Students will study A-Level Maths in Year One and A-Level Further Maths in Year Two.
Studying A-Level Further Mathematics demonstrates that you have a special aptitude for mathematics, together with well-founded problem-solving skills and logical ordered thinking. This is an excellent stepping stone towards any mathematics related degree course. If you want to study Physics or Engineering at university, a Further Mathematics A-Level can really strengthen your application.
Some topics on the course will be taught using the mathematical program 'Autograph' which is a very powerful and sophisticated graphing tool. Access to laptop computers will also enable you to make use of Autograph in some areas of the syllabus. It is recommended that you have a good scientific calculator. We recommend the Casio fx-991EX or similar.
Pen, paper, calculator, a love of mathematics and a willingness to learn more.
You will be required to buy the text books associated with the units being studied.
If you require any further information on this course, please call the Advice and Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 or email guidancecentre@petroc.ac.uk.
Q: Do I need a special calculator?
A: You will need a Casio fx-991EX or similar as you will need to use it to help with statistical analysis.

Q: Can I do A-Level Further Maths without doing A-level Mathematics?
A: You have to be taking an A-Level course in Mathematics alongside any Further Mathematics qualification.

Q: Can I pick up Further Mathematics in my second year of study?
A: Providing it fits into their timetable, students who wish to go on to study Maths, Physics or Engineering at University may find it helpful to study some of the Further Maths content in the second year.

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