There are very few A levels which are as rigorous at highlighting the academic ability of a pupil. If you wish to study any course involving a high level of Maths then this course must be a serious consideration but it is demanding. Those wishing to study Further Mathematics need to have received a grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics.
At Kingham Hill we take the Edexcel Further Mathematics examinations. The course is delivered in three elements:
- Pure Mathematics covering a range of mathematical skills which extend and challenge students beyond the normal A level Mathematics course, introducing mathematical concepts such as proofs, complex numbers, matrices and hyperbolic functions.
- Decision Mathematics introduces concepts of algorithms, critical path analysis and linear programming.
- Further Pure Mathematics considers advanced trigonometry, calculus, numerical methods and coordinate systems.
The subject is examined in four separate papers, two Core Pure papers, a Further Pure paper and a Decision Mathematics paper. Each paper contributes equally to the overall grade.
Any career based around the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects will benefit from a Further Mathematics A level. Universities give credit to those with a Further Mathematics background.