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  • Preparing for A-Level Further Maths

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    Hi guys, welcome to the 'Preparing for A Level Further Maths' Moodle page! My name is Ian McLean and I am the Head of Maths here at Lowestoft Sixth Form College and I am looking forward to meeting you all!

    I'm sure you all have a lot of excitement as well as anticipation when thinking about moving up to A Level Further Maths next year, particularly with the current Covid-19 climate and predicted grades. But don't worry, we're here to help and make sure you make a nice smooth transition from year 11 to college. 

    Fell free to send me an email to ask any questions you may have or even just to say hi! 

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    Further Maths is a highly challenging and stimulating course for excellent mathematicians who have got a grade 7, 8 or 9 at GCSE maths. Not only will this course improve your performance in A Level Maths, but it is also designed to let you study a wide range of further options in Pure Mathematics, Mechanics, Statistics, Decision and Numerical Mathematics in much more detail. 

    This course is more difficult than A Level Maths so you need to be a very keen mathematician as well as a highly motivated learner. Be aware that you can only study A-Level Further Maths if you are already studying A-Level Maths. You will cover topics such as Matrices, Complex Numbers and Hyperbolic Functions and you will be able to experience a wide range of applied modules: Mechanics, Statistics, Decision Maths and Numerical Methods.  

    In conjunction with the A Level in Mathematics, this course will broaden your mathematical knowledge in preparation for studying a Mathematics or a Mathematics related degree at university.  This two year linear course has all of the exams at the end of the second year where students sit three or four exam papers that last between 1 hour 15 minutes and 2 hours 40 minutes.



    You will need to make sure you have some lined paper (ideally a notepad), some pens, pencils, a rubber and a ruler. You also may wish to have a folder to store notes in. Finally you will need either the Casio fx991ex Class Wiz calculator (about £20) or the Casio CG50 graphics calculator (about £100). It is probably worth holding off buying a calculator until we have had a chance to chat about it.


      The summer project is something we ask all students to complete for each of their subjects over the summer.  You then either email a pdf copy to your teacher or just bring a hard copy with you to your first maths lesson in September 2020. Completing this project with improve some of your algebra and problem solving skills and will also demonstrate to your teachers that you are organised, committed to the course and that you're ready for the year ahead.