A-Level Further maths
The Further Mathematics A Level offers students an opportunity to explore complex and subtle concepts that reveal the beauty at the heart of the mathematical universe. You will learn how to use powerful techniques crucial to other subjects - such as Physics, Engineering or Computer Science – but that are also fascinating and remarkable in their own right.
“Let us grant that the pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit, a refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings.” Alfred North Whitehead
As well as the general entry requirements to Sixth Form, students will need at least an 8 grade in their GCSE, and preferably have studied the AQA Level 2 Further Maths Certificate. Students are also expected to study Mathematics A Level alongside this qualification.
Further Pure 1 introduces an entirely new world of mathematics, previously outside students’ understanding of the subject. These open up remarkable new possibilities for interpreting and solving questions such as square roots of negatives and proofing mathematical statements. Statistics 2 builds on topics taught in the Mathematics A Level, but further refining the models and teaching new analytical methods. Decision 1 forms the basis of computer code and algorithms and as such is a key part of modern mathematical understanding.
Further Pure 2 and 3 extend and emphasis links between the different areas of mathematics, and challenge the students’ understanding up to university level. Mechanics 2 uses these skills to improve on approximations made to mechanical models and analyse entirely new scenarios.
Ways to help my child succeed
Regular and focused practice is the key to success in the Further Mathematics A Level. Parents or carers should ask to see assessments and exercises done as homework and make sure the work is clear and neat. Ask the student to explain what they are doing in each step, as teaching others is a powerful method of learning.
As the course is delivered as separate modules, it is vital that students keep their notes organised and accessible. They should have individual folders for each module, sorted into chapters. Notes and assessment should be filed in the correct place, along with any revision material the student has sourced themselves. Even in the unlikely scenario that a student has no specific homework to complete, they could benefit greatly from making sure their notes are in order and reviewing previous chapters.
- www.mymaths.co.uk has an excellent series of lessons and online assessments on the A Level topics.
- www.mathsnetalevel.com breaks down each module into topics then offers tutorial videos, exam questions, marked answers, and timed assessments.
- www.khanacademy.com a huge series of interconnected video tutorials from primary school maths right through to degree level.