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Exam Board:  Pearson Edexcel
Course Duration: 1/2 years

WHY STUDY FURTHER MATHEMATICS?

Further A-level mathematics is the companion piece to A-level mathematics. It consists of advanced topics in pure mathematics, mechanics, statistics and theoretical computer science (or decision mathematics, as is called at school) and is commensurately demanding. Anyone wishing to read physics, engineering, computer science or mathematics at university should consider it.

Further Mathematics A Level Course Content At A Glance

Paper 1. Core Pure Mathematics 1 9FMO/01 Paper 2. Core Pure Mathematics 2 9FMO/02
1.Proof
2.Complex numbers
3.Matrices
4.Further algebra & functions
5.Further calculus
6.Further vectors
7.Polar coordinates
8.Hyperbolic functions
9.Differential equations.
1.Proof
2.Complex numbers
3.Matrices
4.Further algebra & functions
5.Further calculus
6.Further vectors
7.Polar coordinates
8.Hyperbolic functions
9.Differential equations.

 

Paper 3.  Further Mathematics Option 1 9FMO/3A – 3D
The student takes one option from the following four.
Paper 4.  Further Mathematics Option 2 9FMO/4A – 4G
The student takes one option from the following seven.
A. Further Pure Mathematics 1
B. Further Statistics 1
C. Further Mechanics 1
D. Decision Mathematics 1
A. Further Pure Mathematics 2
B. Further Statistics 1
C. Further Mechanics 2
D. Decision Mathematics 1
E. Further Statistics 2
F. Further Mechanics 2
G. Decision mathematics2

Assessment

Paper 1:  Paper 1 may contain questions on any part of the pure mathematics syllabus. All questions should be attempted. The examination is 1.5 hours long and the maximum obtainable mark is 75.

Paper 2: Paper 2 may contain questions on any part of the pure mathematics syllabus. All questions should be attempted. The examination is 1.5 hours long and the maximum obtainable mark is 75.

Papers 3 & 4: Each examination is 1.5 hours long. All questions should be attempted and the maximum mark obtainable for either is 75.

Academic Skills

Analysis, problem-solving, dealing with abstraction.

Course Text Book
Series: Edexcel AS/A-level further mathematics

Title: Core Pure Mathematics 1        
ISBN: 9781292183336

Title: Core Pure Mathematics 2
ISBN: 9781292183343

Title: Decision Mathematics 1
ISBN: 9781292183299

Title: Decision Mathematics 2
ISBN: 9781292183305

Title: Further Statistics 1
ISBN: 9781292183374  

Title:  Further Statistics 2
ISBN: 97811292183381

Title:  Further Mechanics 1
ISBN: 9781292183312

Title: Further Mechanics 2
ISBN: 9781292183329

Title: Further Pure Mathematics 1
ISBN:  9781292183350

Title: Further Pure Mathematics 2
ISBN: 9781292183367

Recommended Reading
How To Think Like A Mathematician by K. Houston, C. U. P.

Recommended Websites/Blogs
Edexcel's website contains a copy of the syllabus, past papers etc.

Progression
The mathematics A-level contains very much less than it once did, for which reason many more university admissions tutors are keen to see further mathematics on a candidate's list of qualifications. Students interested in mathematics, the sciences or economics should check the entry requirements for their courses early, and then seek advice.

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