Type of qualification – A Level
Exam Board – OCR (MEI)
This course can only be taken as a fourth A level option alongside A level Mathematics.
Further Maths builds on skills in A Level Maths, 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. Students who have studied Further Maths have found that it gives a great start on university courses such as physics, engineering, astronomy, computing and, of course, maths.
The course introduces the study of complex numbers which are numbers that don’t exist in the real world, however, as an abstract concept they are invaluable in many aspects of physics, especially quantum mechanics, being use, for example, to model wind flow as used in the testing of aircraft design. A large section of the syllabus looks at advanced use of calculus which is the most used tool on university courses with a mathematical base. Further Maths is a very challenging subject as most topics are ones which are usually studied in university courses; this gives you a great opportunity to test your maths skills and to decide if this is what you want to do in the future.
Interesting fact about studying this at S6C
Further Maths will be studied alongside your other three A Level choices. Further Mathematics at S6C generally has very small classes which allows students to learn at an accelerated rate, studying university level topics even in Year 12. Teaching staff have extensive experience in further maths and applying it to real world situations such as the dynamics of missile systems and the analysis of meteorology.
General Entry Requirements
5 GCSE qualifications with minimum grade 4
Subject Specific Requirements
Level 7 – 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