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FURTHER MATHS

A LEVEL

When it comes to Maths - we go Further.

Love detective novels and solving puzzles? It all adds up to your perfect partnership with Further Maths.

There’s no greater feeling than unpacking a cryptic riddle. And that’s exactly what you’ll be doing the whole time you’re on this course, which serves as the perfect introduction to thinking like an engineer, programmer and scientist.

If you’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to the intricacies of algorithms or advanced geometry, you’re in for a treat.

We’ll start you off gently. We say gently – it’s no cakewalk. You’ll be properly taxed, but you’ll be learning in the company of other great maths minds.

Watch the live lesson below for a sense of what it’s like studying Further Maths at Xaverian. If you’ve got a career in mind involving complex equations, we figure this is your perfect jumping-off point to a degree that will add value to your life and employability.

LESSON TIME!

Matrices are rectangular arrays of information commonly used to compute across such diverse fields as science, engineering, programming, robotics and genetics.

Among their many uses are scrambling data and solving complex systems of simultaneous equations.

Today you’ll also learn how to use matrices for transforming objects in coordinate geometry.

This might seem a little daunting. But every A Level is about stretching yourself. And you’ll be amazed how quickly you adapt to new models of thinking when you’ve got a real passion for numbers.

Today’s lesson is a lively quarter-hour jam-packed with analytical approaches to complex questions. This testing, but wholly fulfilling, course may make Only Connect look like Catchphrase – but it’ll provide everything you need to be ready for university and a rewarding career deciphering data.

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Due to the complex nature of your studies, you can look forward to a rewarding career in both financial and cerebral senses.

  • You might choose to work as an Actuary in the insurance world. Or become an Astronomer for a career that’s out of this world!
  • This course would also be a great stepping-stone into the world of accountancy.
  • Staying in finance, investment analysts require skills you’ll gain first-hand in your Further Maths course.
  • Data analysts and scientists are in high demand as we become ever-more reliant on all things virtual and those experts helping businesses profit from eCommerce.
  • You might want to become a teacher, helping others follow in your footsteps.
  • Or maybe you want to get into the world of programming as a software engineer or game designer.
  • Statisticians decipher complex data, presenting it in ways others can understand.
  • If you’re looking for engineering roles, maybe consider becoming a CAD technician.
  • In construction, your talents will be in demand as a quantity surveyor.

Many of our students progress to Engineering or Science-related degrees.

Maths is the foundation for all Science pathways. Physics is popular, as is its closest cousin, Chemistry. Biology, too, asks complex modelling questions of its undergraduate students.

After your Further Maths A-level you might wish to continue exploring the deepest reaches of this incredible subject, specialising in such diverse areas as Operational research and Statistics.

Pure topics include: 

Complex numbers, Matrices, hyperbolic functions, advanced algebra, trigonometry and calculus

Mechanics includes: 

Collisions, circular motion, work, energy and power.

Statistics includes: 

Discrete random variables, poisson distribution, continuous random variables, exponential distribution.

Discrete includes:

Graphs, networks, linear programming, critical path analysis, game theory, group theory.

Entry requirements:

Six good passes at GCSE including two at grade 6 or above

Course specific entry requirements:

Grade 8 from Maths

Course duration:

1 year / 2 years

Assessment methods:

AS two 1h 40m exams / A-level four 1h 30m exam

Course type:

AS level / Linear A-level

Exam board:

Edexcel

Additional Information:

You will also need to study Mathematics A-level alongside Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics is taught as a separate subject from single Mathematics to allow students to move at an appropriate pace and to receive the necessary teaching for each unit. How you study Further Maths will be complementary to your A-level Maths study. There will be regular low stakes assessments with 3 graded assessments during the year.

I’ve loved studying Further Maths at Xaverian because it has stretched me and given me a challenge during my two years here. I also got the chance to compete in the first round of the British Maths Olympiad while I was in my second year. All my hard work has paid off as I have gained a place at the University of Oxford to study Mathematics.

Dominic Seymour, Further Mathematics A Level

High Achievers Opportunities

Further Maths students regularly progress from Xaverian to some of the country’s best universities.

And while you’re here, from the endless opportunities for enrichment to our Extended Project Qualification, you’ll develop both academically and recreationally.

Students demonstrating academic excellence and a commitment to achieving the highest grades can access a range of support from our Careers Team to help you get into some of the best universities.

Last year almost 50 former Xaverian students were offered places at the world’s top 20 universities.

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