At DGSB, students study the Edexcel further mathematics A-level specification. It covers many topics including introductions to matrices, complex numbers, differential equations and hyperbolic functions. There is an emphasis on the following skills:
There are two compulsory core modules covering various topics in Pure Mathematics and two optional modules. At DGSB, you will normally study the optional modules Mechanics 1 and Further Pure 1. However, it is possible for you to do other modules, although if you select this route it will involve some supervised self-study.
At the end of year 13 there are three 90-minute exams, one for each module studied.
If you are applying to study a degree in a STEM subject, you should consider taking further mathematics to at least AS-level, as the additional content helps ensure a successful progression to university. AS further mathematics is accessible to most A-level mathematics students. Having A-level further mathematics on your university application is a way to make it stand out.
“In general, [it’s] harder than expected, especially the mathematical aspects. I felt thoroughly unprepared for the mathematics involved, coming from only having maths (no further maths) A-level. My peers who did study further maths were much better prepared.”
University engineering student
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William Paul Thurston
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