GCSE Further Mathematics
This GCSE Further Mathematics specification replaces Additional Mathematics specification and retains much of the same content.
Further Mathematics involves studying Mathematics at a level beyond GCSE Higher Tier. It can act as a stepping stone that gives students a sound basis for studying GCE Mathematics, introducing some of the mechanics and statistics topics that appear at AS/A2 level.
Further Mathematics can also help students progress to other studies that require mathematical knowledge and skills, for example higher level science, geography, technology or business.
The Further Mathematics specification consists of four units, and students must study three.
In Unit 1: Pure Mathematics students investigate algebra, trigonometry, differentiation, integration, logarithms, matrices and vectors.
Unit 2: Mechanics includes exploring kinematics, vectors, forces, Newton’s Laws of Motion, friction, moments.
Unit 3: Statistics includes understanding and using statistical terminology, measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion, probability, and bivariate analysis.
Through these units students will have opportunities to:
• develop their Mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding;
• select and apply Mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, everyday and real-world situations;
• reason mathematically, interpret and communicate Mathematical information, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions; and
• design and develop Mathematical models that allow them to use problem solving strategies and apply a broader range of Mathematics to a variety of situations.
Pupils studying GCSE Further Mathematics have produced excellent results in Newtownhamilton High School. In June 2018 100% of pupils studying GCSE Further Mathematics achieved a grade A* - B.