Edexcel A Level Maths & Further Maths

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Really confused as to how to go about self-studying Maths and Further Maths, and I have read the specification.

This is my current understanding:

Maths

Year 1/AS Maths Pearson books:
- Year 1/AS: Pure Mathematics
- Year 1/AS: Statistics and Mechanics

Then sit AS level exams.

Year 2/A Level Pearson books:
- Year 2: Pure Mathematics
- Year 2: Statistics and Mechanics

Then sit A-Level exams.

Further Maths

Not sure about the options part.

All I can seem to understand is that there are 2 core pure books that need to be learned and also 2 options to pick.

In the Edexcel spec, it states: Students taking AS Further Mathematics followed by A level Further Mathematics should select the same option pair for both. Otherwise, they will need to learn extra content.

Would this mean that studying for Further Pure Mathematics 1 & Further Pure Mathematics 2 would be sufficient for both AS and a level?

Sorry if I come across as an idiot but I'm really confused.
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With the options, AS and A-level content is not evenly spread across the first and second option. So your further maths AS options exam would have some parts of FP1 and FP2, and then at A-level you'd have separate exams for FP1 and FP2 with no overlap.
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With the options, AS and A-level content is not evenly spread across the first and second option. So your further maths AS options exam would have some parts of FP1 and FP2, and then at A-level you'd have separate exams for FP1 and FP2 with no overlap.
The spec lists for AS;

Content overview
FP1: Further Trigonometry, Coordinate systems, Further vectors, Numerical Methods,
Inequalities.
FP2: Groups, Further matrix algebra, Further complex numbers, Number theory,
Further sequences and series.

Are these the only topics I need to learn for the AS element?
And are my option choices of FP1 & FP2 correct for attaining the full A level?
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(Original post by Ophelio)
The spec lists for AS;

Content overview
FP1: Further Trigonometry, Coordinate systems, Further vectors, Numerical Methods,
Inequalities.
FP2: Groups, Further matrix algebra, Further complex numbers, Number theory,
Further sequences and series.

Are these the only topics I need to learn for the AS element?
And are my option choices of FP1 & FP2 correct for attaining the full A level?
Do you have the FP1 & FP2 textbooks? They make clear which content is only for A-level.
And yes as long as you're doing two options that's fine for the full A-level.
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(Original post by Ophelio)
Really confused as to how to go about self-studying Maths and Further Maths, and I have read the specification.

This is my current understanding:

Maths

Year 1/AS Maths Pearson books:
- Year 1/AS: Pure Mathematics
- Year 1/AS: Statistics and Mechanics

Then sit AS level exams.

Year 2/A Level Pearson books:
- Year 2: Pure Mathematics
- Year 2: Statistics and Mechanics

Then sit A-Level exams.

Further Maths

Not sure about the options part.

All I can seem to understand is that there are 2 core pure books that need to be learned and also 2 options to pick.

In the Edexcel spec, it states: Students taking AS Further Mathematics followed by A level Further Mathematics should select the same option pair for both. Otherwise, they will need to learn extra content.

Would this mean that studying for Further Pure Mathematics 1 & Further Pure Mathematics 2 would be sufficient for both AS and a level?

Sorry if I come across as an idiot but I'm really confused.
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(Original post by Sinnoh)
Do you have the FP1 & FP2 textbooks? They make clear which content is only for A-level.
And yes as long as you're doing two options that's fine for the full A-level.
I just ordered the two textbooks today. I'll be self-studying these A levels alongside physics. Do you have any advice/resources that you can recommend?

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I'll look into this. Cheers
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I just ordered the two textbooks today. I'll be self-studying these A levels alongside physics. Do you have any advice/resources that you can recommend?


I'll look into this. Cheers
Actually for me I thought the textbooks were entirely sufficient on their own, although you should still try to get hold of the mock papers and sample papers for later revision. Physicsandmathstutor.com has worked solutions available for all the books as well.
You've got the Core Pure books, right?
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Actually for me I thought the textbooks were entirely sufficient on their own, although you should still try to get hold of the mock papers and sample papers for later revision. Physicsandmathstutor.com has worked solutions available for all the books as well.
You've got the Core Pure books, right?
Yes, I have the core pure books. Thank you very much!
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