|Exam Board||Entry Requirements||Subject Leader|
|Edexcel||Grade 8 at GCSE||Miss M Carpenter|
The aims of the Mathematics Department are to enable students to:
- understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, enjoyment and provides a good foundation for progress to further study or employment.
- reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning
- use their mathematical skills to solve challenging problems that require them to decide on appropriate strategies
- use calculators effectively and recognise when their use may be inappropriate
- take responsibility for their progress and develop the discipline necessary for their mathematical development.
The A-Level in Further Mathematics consists of four papers. Each paper lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics
- Paper 2: Core Pure Mathematics
Content includes proof, complex numbers, further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions and differential equations.
- Paper 3: Further Statistics 1
Content includes discrete probability distributions, poisson and binomial distributions, geometric and negative binomial distributions, hypothesis testing, central limit theorem, chi squared tests, probability generating functions and quality of tests.
- Paper 4: Further Mechanics 1
Content includes momentum and impulse, work, energy and power, elastic strings and springs and elastic energy, elastic collisions in one dimension and in two dimensions.
Progression onto Higher Education/Vocational Destinations
A-Level Further Mathematics is an acceptable qualification for degrees in mathematics, biological sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, computer science, medicine and vocational fields such as law, accountancy, surveying etc. A-Level mathematics is an acceptable entry qualification into careers in banking, accountancy and other financial and business areas, engineering, computing, electronics, surveying, architecture, etc.