Further Maths

Type of qualification – A Level
Exam Board – OCR (MEI)

Course Description

This course can only be taken as a fourth A level option alongside A level Mathematics.

You will build on your mathematics skills, expanding into more complex general methods known as pure maths, as well as applying them to statistics, mathematical physics and methods used in computing and project management. The course introduces you to the study of complex numbers which are numbers that do not exist in the real world. However, as an abstract concept they are invaluable in many aspects of physics, especially quantum mechanics. You will also explore the advanced uses of calculus—the most used tool in mathematical based university courses.

What next?

Previous S6C students have gone on to study biochemistry, computer science, economics, oceanography, paramedic training, naval engineering and psychology.

Topics

Complex numbers

Advanced calculus

Use of power series

Statistical techniques

Advanced Mechanics

Algorithms

Matrices

Assessment

Examination 100%

Additional Activities

Visits to maths related sites such as Bletchley Park

Student Financial Contribution: Scientific calculator and textbook

Entry Requirements

Þ Minimum 5 GCSES at grade 4 or above

Þ At least grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics

What Our Students Think

“Further Maths is a great challenge and makes you feel like a proper mathematician! I love the range of topics and the cool stuff you discover—like imaginary numbers.”

Naomi, previously St Edmund’s Girls’ School