Sixth Form


Further Maths

Overview

Further Mathematics is widely recognised by university departments in the sciences, engineering, computing and mathematics, the so called ‘STEM’ subjects, as one of the most demanding and useful AS/A level subjects. Taking Further Mathematics is a great way for students to show that they have that something extra.

Curriculum

Further Mathematics explores new, more sophisticated mathematical concepts which extend and deepen mathematical understanding, uncovering links between different areas of the subject. It promotes logical reasoning and provides the skills to communicate mathematical arguments clearly and to select the best solution strategy. Further Mathematics is particularly suitable for those students who enjoy and have a natural aptitude for mathematics. Students are strongly advised to take this subject if they are intending to study Mathematics or Engineering at university, or subjects such as Chemistry at Oxbridge.

Lower Sixth - The AS Level Further Mathematics course comprises 3 modules of equal weight. Each module is assessed by 1.5 hour exam in May/June.

Decision Maths 1 – algorithms and networks, critical path analysis and linear programming.
Further Pure 1 – matrices, complex numbers, coordinate systems, series and proof.
Statistics 2 – Binomial, Poisson and Normal distributions, sampling and hypothesis testing.

Upper Sixth - The A2 Level Further Mathematics course comprises 3 modules of equal weight. Each module is assessed by 1.5 hour exam in May or June. Further Pure 2 and 3 are studied with additional Statistics or Mechanics modules. Comprehensive support is provided to Mathematics Degree applicants including preparation for the Oxbridge entrance exams including STEP papers and interview practice.

Educational visits and extra curricular activity

Years 12 & 13 compete in the Senior Maths Challenge and the Senior Maths Team Challenge, which pit our pupils’ abilities to solve intriguing problems against the best mathematicians in the country.

Rooms and resources

The department’s teaching is predominantly based in three rooms, all equipped with interactive whiteboards, student mini-whiteboards and classroom activity files. The department subscribes to a variety of websites to support the teaching and learning of Mathematics which are accessible to all students both in college and at home.


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