A Level Further Mathematics

 

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

AS Further Mathematics is generally suited to those who are considering Higher Education courses in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Economics and other highly numerate disciplines or simply for those who enjoy mathematics!

The AS Further Mathematics  units introduce new ideas that are designed to broaden the range of techniques learnt in AS Mathematics. AS Further Mathematics may be studied in the latter part of the A2 year by those pursuing the single A level in mathematics but usually as part of a full A level in Further Mathematics (see opposite page)

AS Specification Number
Edexcel 8372

 

There is no coursework. The following three units are used for the AS award:

 

FP1: Further Pure Maths 1

17% of A level
Written Paper:1 hour 30 minutes
Further Pure Maths FP1 introduces complex numbers, matrices, further coordinate geometry, numerical methods and mathematical proof. C1 and C2 are prerequisites.

M1: Mechanics 1

17% of A level
Written Paper:1 hour 30 minutes
Mechanics M1 is the study of forces and motion. Mechanics has far reaching implications in explaining the world around us. From the notion of a spanner loosening a nut to analysing the motion of a simple pulley system and to far larger  systems such as the orbit of our planet around the sun the principles of mechanics are everywhere! Although this unit has much in common with physics, no prior knowledge is necessary.

M2: Mechanics 2

17% of A level
Written Paper:1 hour 30 minutes
Mechanics 2 builds on principles met in M1. This unit examines projectile motion, variable acceleration, work, energy and power, centre of mass, collisions and general equilibrium. M1 is a prerequisite and there is some overlap with physics.

Reading List

Author
TitleISBN
K. Pledger Heinemann Modular Mathematics Core Mathematics FP1  ISBN 9780435519230
K. Pledger Heinemann Modular Mathematics Mechanics M1 ISBN 9780435519162
K. Pledger Heinemann Modular Mathematics Mechanics M2 ISBN 9780435519179

 

A2 Level

MPW approach to A2 study

Further Mathematics is a second A level in mathematics and regarded as a subject in its own right. It is essential for any degree course with substantial mathematical content. A full A level in Further Mathematics is an academically demanding program designed for the strongest mathematicians.

A2 Specification Number
Edexcel 9372

 

There is no coursework. The following three units are used for the A2 award:

FP2: Further Pure Maths 2

17% of A level
Written Paper:1 hour 30 minutes
Further Pure Maths 2 builds on much of the core maths met at A level and includes summation of series, first and second order differential equations, further complex numbers and polar functions. C3, C4 and FP1 are prerequisites

FP3: Further Pure Maths 3

17% of A level
Written Paper:1 hour 30 minutes
Further Pure Maths 3 explores calculus and vectors, first met in C4, in greater depth. The theory of matrices and coordinate systems first met in FP1 are also covered in much greater detail. C3, C4 and FP1 are prerequisites

S2: Statistics 2

17% of A level
Written Paper:1 hour 30 minutes
Statistics S2 builds on S1 and covers continuous distributions, distributional approximations and hypothesis testing. S1 is a prerequisite.

Reading List

Author
TitleISBN
K. Pledger Heinemann Modular Mathematics Core Mathematics FP2  ISBN 9780435519216
K. Pledger Heinemann Modular Mathematics Core Mathematics FP3 ISBN 9780435519223
K. Pledger Heinemann Modular Mathematics Statistics S2 ISBN 9780435519131

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