(Original post by bexlovescandy)
I'm thinking of doing further maths a-level because I love maths
I got an A* at GCSE in year 10, and just got 91ums on my C1 from January (done in year eleven)
I got a C in S1, which I'm retaking in June because it was VERY accelerated.
How are people doing in further maths? Is it like really difficult? (Exam board Edexcel)
I am in my second year in Further Maths, I will try and help.
Getting 91UMS in C1 in year11 would suggest you are an able mathematician, which means you should be good at further maths! true mathematicians also seem to find D1,D2 and S1 difficult too :P
Anyway the real thing about further maths, is being mathematically confident, someone who learns by route could get through Maths, but this is not the case for Further Maths, you need to be really confident with fundemental skills.
I did Fp1 Last year and am doing FP2 this year, these are the pure units which you might do. Personally I found FP1 slightly harder than C3 or C4 but only a little. FP2 is university maths, and is Much harder than anything else at A level.
So I would say the only rock hard unit is FP2 which comprimises 1/6 of the Further Maths unit. The applied units are Normal A level maths level.
I hope some of this helps. Here is a brief description of the content of the Pure units.
Factor, remainder theorm
Coordinate Geometry and Further Differenciation
More Differenciation: Product,Quotient,Chain rule
Trigonemetric manipulation: Double angles, Half angles, reciprocol functions
Mappings and Functions
Further Integration: Substitution, Recognation, Integration by parts
Proof by induction
Further Complex numbers: Loci,De Movrie, Roots of Unity etc
1st Order Differencial Equations
2nd Order Differncial Equations