A-Level OCR (MEI) 3896/7896
Further Mathematics is for the student who really enjoys solving problems, has gained at least a Grade B at GCSE and sees Mathematics as an art form. As its name suggests it studies those areas of maths met in A Level and takes them to a higher level. The course consists of six modules, two in Pure Mathematics and four in Applied Mathematics, studied across two years. During this time you will examine two new concepts in Pure Mathematics, namely, Complex Numbers and Matrices as well as extending techniques in Algebra and Sequences. Students following the Further Mathematics course will concurrently be undertaking the Mathematics course. It is also possible to take AS Further Maths in Year 13 should you realise how exciting Mathematics can be.
Year 12—AS Further Mathematics
Further Pure 1 – Series, Algebra, Curve Sketching, Complex Numbers and Matrices
Mechanics 1 – Linear Kinematics, Newton’s Laws of Motion and Forces
Mechanics 2 – Work Energy and Power, Centre of Mass and Framework
Year 13 – A2 Further Mathematics
Further Pure 2 – Even more Matrices and Complex Numbers, Hyperbolic Functions including more differentiation.
Statistics 2 – Poisson and Normal Distributions applied to real life situations
Mechanics 3 – Motion of bodies in a circle and Simple Harmonic Motion
Further Career Opportunities
A Further Mathematics qualification is the gateway to many well-paid and very interesting careers. It is regarded as almost essential for degrees in Mathematics, Physics or Engineering although other areas include finance, actuarial work, accountancy, financial modelling, investment banking; computing, games design, internet security, telecommunications;
mathematical biology, population modelling, epidemics and vaccination; engineering, aircraft modelling, fluid flows, acoustic engineering, quantity surveyor, planner; teaching and lecturing; statistics – medical statistics, market research, government statistics; business – logistics, traffic planning, project management.