The Sixth Form
Further Mathematics is taken by those who have shown themselves to be amongst the most able fifteen or twenty Mathematicians from the Fifth Form. Nearly all of these boys will ultimately be aiming for places at Oxford or Cambridge. More ground is covered than is dictated by the demands of the GCE exam as the aim is to stimulate interest and expertise in the subject beyond the confines of the syllabus.
A boy opting for Further Maths will cover modules in Pure Maths, Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Maths – ending up with two or three A Levels labelled Maths, Further Maths and Additional Further Maths. Those opting for this course will need to select the subject in both block 3 and block 4, although only around 15 of the 18 periods available will be timetabled.
The requirements are simple - interest, ability and a willingness to work hard.
After A level
The Mathematical demands of nearly all of the scientific courses at Oxford and Cambridge are such that any boy with realistic aspirations along such lines (with the possible exception of Medicine) would be unwise not to tackle this course. However Further Mathematics can lead to a variety of University options - recent candidates having been successful with Oxbridge applications in PPE, PPP, Experimental Psychology, Oriental Studies, Law, Economics and Architecture, as well as the more predictable Engineering, Metallurgy, Chemistry, Physics and Natural Sciences.