A Level Further Mathematics (Reformed 2017)

What is Further Mathematics?

A level Further Mathematics builds upon those skills acquired while studying Mathematics. It is, in particular, a qualification which both broadens and extends the topics covered in AS/A level Mathematics.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

This is a challenging course for those with a real interest in and aptitude for the subject. The training in logic that the course provides is appropriate to most subjects and the course supports most careers in the fields of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, Computing, Accountancy and Economics. It equips you with skills such as logistic analysis and deduction, data handling, mathematical modelling and problem solving, all of which can be applied in almost any field of work.

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

The course is taught systematically with much interactive discussion in our small tutorial groups. Regular homework, timed assignments and practice examination questions are all analysed in detail in tutorials so that students become familiar with application of all the further mathematical concepts involved and hence gain a thorough understanding of the course material.

AS Specification Number
Edexcel 8FM0

 

Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics 1 (Paper Code 8FM0/01)
Proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors.

Paper 2: Further Statistics 1 and Further Mechanics 1 (Paper code 8FM0/2E)
Discrete probability distributions, Poisson and binomial distributions, chi-squared test, momentum and impulse, work, energy and power, elastic collisions in one dimension

Each paper forms 50% of the final qualification and will consist of a 1 hour 40 minute paper with a total mark of 80. Students must answer all questions and calculators can be used in this assessment.

Reading List

 Edexcel (Pearson) are due to produce a series of their own textbooks for use with the new specification for Mathematics. The details of these books have not yet been released but will be provided as soon as they are known.

A Level

MPW approach to A Level study

The course is taught systematically with much interactive discussion in our small tutorial groups. Regular homework, timed assignments and practice examination questions are all analysed in detail in tutorials so that students become familiar with application of all the further mathematical concepts involved and hence gain a thorough understanding of the course material.

A Level Specification Number
Edexcel 9FM0

 

Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics 1 (Paper Code 9FM0/01)

Paper 2: Core Pure Mathematics 2 (Paper Code 9FM0/02)
Proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions, differential equations.

Paper 3: Further Statistics 1 (Paper Code 9FM0/3B)
Discrete probability distributions, Poisson and binomial distributions, Geometric and negative binomial distributions, hypothesis testing, central limit theorem, chi squared tests, probability generating functions, quality of tests.

Paper 4: Further Mechanics 1 (Paper Code 9FM0/4C)
Momentum and impulse, work, energy and power, elastic strings and springs and elastic energy, elastic collisions in one dimension, elastic collisions in two dimensions.

Each paper forms 25% of the final qualification and will consist of a 1½ hour paper with a total mark of 75. Students must answer all questions and calculators can be used in this assessment. Paper 1 and Paper 2 may contain questions on any topics from the Pure Mathematics content.

Reading List

Edexcel (Pearson) are due to produce a series of their own textbooks for use with the new specification for Mathematics. The details of these books have not yet been released but will be provided as soon as they are known.

Jonathon

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
Exeter University (Business Management)

I chose MPW because of the academic support provided by the college, which was instrumental in helping me throughout the challenging nature of my one-year A level courses. The weekly Timed Assignments and assistance provided by the Personal Tutor system helped me in areas I had previously struggled. Playing for the college football team was a great release from the challenging academic nature of the year and it helped me build friendships with other students in the college.

Shivali

Grades achieved at MPW
AAA

Progressed to
Leeds University (Dentistry)

The best part about studying at MPW is the friendly, encouraging and supportive classroom environment that MPW provides.  It makes asking for help and reaching your potential easy and enjoyable. The college really helps students to believe in themselves.  The Personal Tutor system is great because it is available for you to use to whatever extent you might need whether that be having weekly meetings or meeting every now and then for a quick catch up to analyse my current progress.  The weekly Timed Assignments have also enabled me to build my confidence in the build up to my exams.  They help you to feel comfortable in an exam environment, as well as enable you to consolidate the material you need to recall in the final exams

Annabel

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AB

Progressed to
Exeter University (International Relations and History)

“Having not achieved the grades I wanted or needed in my A levels at my previous college I decided that retaking would be the best option for me.  I have found the small classes at MPW to be a real asset, and that, coupled with the fantastic teaching, has certainly enabled me to grow academically. Further to this, both the academic support and the university guidance provided by the college have been exceptional.”

Renee

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A

Progressed to
Manchester University (Dentistry)

After failing to get into Dental School last year I lost a lot of confidence and was worried that I might never get into my dream course.  The one-to-one support you get from MPW is so much more efficient compared to the main stream schools and colleges. The individual help you get for applying to University which includes interview support is amazing. No matter if you are a resit or a first time student, no one judges you and as long as you are hardworking and want to be a success.

Jake

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*A

Progressed to
Oxford University (Mathematics)

I joined MPW because I wanted to be part of a close knit community that focuses on helping students attain the grades they are really capable of.  Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor who assists them in all aspects of student life.  I would recommend the individual and personally tailored care given to any student looking to expand their academic horizons.  The encouragement and support has allowed me to aim high and achieve results that I had previously thought weren't possible. 

Cordelia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
King’s College London (Dentistry)

MPW gave me a second chance in pursuing a career in dentistry. The small class sizes and weekly timed assessments gave me and my tutors a clear indication of my progress.  The rigorous teaching schedules, structured and tailored to my personal needs, was exactly what I needed. MPW placed heavy focus on exam technique as the key to achieving the required higher grades. Being able to talk with my tutors at any time in the day was an invaluable aid. It was also clear how much the teachers took a personal interest in the development of each individual student.

Josephine

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
University of Warwick (Management)

I joined MPW having not fulfilled my academic potential during my AS level exams at my previous school. I decided to retake my AS year at MPW and it was the best decision I ever made. The tutors at MPW have pushed me to achieve my maximum potential and have greatly improved my academic performance. The best part of studying at MPW is the weekly timed assignments as they ensure that you continuously review and revise work as well as helping you to make weekly improvements on exam technique.

Olivia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
Bristol University (Dentistry)

Throughout my time at MPW I have been provided with constant support.  The college has prepared me for not only my exams but also the university interviews I attended.  It has been an amazing experience from start to finish.  The friendly and welcoming environment created by the staff and students made it an ideal setting for me to concentrate on achieving my targets.

Alex

Grades achieved at MPW
AAA

Progressed to
University of Birmingham (Law)

I came to MPW with very low self-confidence after under-achieving at AS level at my previous school, and have left with greater confidence about my academic ability and with a definite degree of clarity about what I hope to achieve in terms of my career. My experience at my previous school was that those with Oxbridge potential receive the most support and attention. This is not the case at MPW. I have found that it does not matter about that what the student's potential may be, each student receives the same amount of help to achieve their goals.