A LEVEL FURTHER MATHEMATICS

Awarding Body:OCRCourse Duration:1/2 Years

Introduction

You will be given an introductorytask to complete after enrolment in order to set the scene for the start of the course.

Course Content

Further Maths cannot be studied without Maths.

The course comprises of pure maths, mechanics and decision maths. In year two there will be a choice between more mechanics, statistics, more pure or numerical methods.

You will meet new mathematical constructs such as matrices and complex numbers.  These behave a little differently to many mathematical objects we are used to.  The course includes a new coordinate system, which naturally leads to unfamiliar curves, and new functions.  We also take a more rigorous approach to proving mathematical results.

Methods of Teaching

Lessons will be varied, mixing investigations, class discussions, checking progress with mini-white boards and the practice that makes perfect.  The graphical calculator offers tools for deepening our understanding, checking our working and saving us time.  You will have opportunities to develop your calculator skills in lessons.  Your teacher will show you how to make effective use of the department intranet.  The subject content will be assessed regularly by means of tests and assignments.

There is a well-resourced workshop, for additional support, every lunchtime. Teachers and upper sixth students will be present at each session to offer you help.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

There is no coursework in the Maths or Further Maths courses. 

The external exams are in May/June at the end of the course.

Where Could It Take Me?

A pass in A level Mathematics provides a sound basis for many degree courses but is essential for those studying courses with a high level of mathematical content, e.g. Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Computer Science and Economics.

Students wishing to apply for Maths, Engineering, Computer Science, Physics at the most selective universities would also find an A level in Further Maths either essential or advantageous.

Financial Implications

You will need to purchase your own textbooks, stationery and a graphical calculator. The College sells the Casio fx9750 model for about £50.  Where there is difficulty meeting these costs, the College has a Student Support Fund.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, plus a grade 7 or above in Maths.

Good algebraic skills are essential.

Further Maths will also require a real love of the subject.

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