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Why study Additional Mathematics?

Exam board and specification code: OCR Level 3 FSMQ: Additional Mathematics (6993)

Additional Mathematics is a freestanding qualification that has been designed for students who are likely to be high achieving at GCSE. It allows students to experience the directions in which the subject is developed post-GCSE and provides an excellent preparation for AS and A level study. Students will consolidate and develop GCSE level mathematical skill and learn to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society.

What is covered by the course?

This freestanding Mathematics qualification (FSMQ) builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired during the GCSE (9–1) course. It consists of four main ‘pure’ mathematics topics, each of which contains an ‘applied’ dimension, and two numerical topics, all underpinned by an Algebra section.

The course is split into the following sections:

  • Algebra
  • Enumeration
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Pythagoras and Trigonometry
  • Calculus
  • Numerical Methods
  • Exponentials and Logarithms

How is it examined?

The examination consists of one two-hour (calculator) paper, which assesses all of the Assessment Objectives. The total number of marks available in the examination paper is 100. There is no coursework element.

Suggested reading:

OCR Advanced FSMQ Additional Mathematics by Stephen Doyle