#### Course Code:

OCR Further Mathematics A Level - H245

#### Typical Entry Requirements:

8 in GCSE Maths

#### Career Possibilities:

University and future employers are able to distinguish students who have studied Further Mathematics as able mathematicians in their applications for courses and jobs. Students at Carmel who have studied A Level Further Mathematics have gone on to study a wide variety of undergraduate courses ranging from Medicine and Music, to more typical subjects such as Mathematics, Physics and Engineering. Students have also gone on to train as Accountants in local firms.

#### The Programme:

Further Mathematics is a second A Level in Mathematics which can only be studied if A Level Mathematics is also being studied. Further Mathematics both extends and deepens your knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A Level Mathematics.

Students will study different areas of pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics than in A Level Mathematics. Students will broaden their knowledge into other areas of pure mathematics, that underpin further study, with Complex Numbers, Matrices, Polar Coordinates and Hyperbolic Functions.

In statistics, content includes: Combinatorics, Probability Distributions for Discrete and Continuous Random Variables, Hypothesis Tests and Confidence Intervals for a Population Mean, Squared Tests, Non-Parametric Tests, Correlation and Regression.

In mechanics, students use their extended pure mathematical knowledge to explore more complex physical systems. The area covers: Dimensional Analysis, Work, Energy, Power, Impulse, Momentum, Centres of Mass, Circular Motion and Variable Force.

Students gain two A Levels, one in Mathematics and one in Further Mathematics and consequently have twice as many maths lessons as A Level maths students.

#### Why Study This Subject?:

Further Mathematics is an ideal subject for the most academic students who wish to immerse themselves in maths. Students who take Further Mathematics are generally students who can master the more demanding concepts in GCSE mathematics quickly and easily.

Students find that the additional time spent studying mathematics boosts their marks in A Level Mathematics. It makes the transition from sixth form to university courses, which are mathematically rich, that much easier as much of the first year course content will be familiar. If you are planning to take a degree such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance, Economics, or perhaps Mathematics itself, at the more selective universities, you will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics.

Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many STEM degrees. Students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to such degrees far more straightforward.