Further Maths

"Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding." William Paul Thurston

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Entry Requirements: Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics. Students must also study Mathematics A-level. This is an additional subject, so students who select this option will be taking four A-Levels.

What

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:

  • Mathematical argument, language and proof
  • Mathematical problem solving
  • Mathematical modelling

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 Decision Mathematics 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.

Why

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