Surferfish wrote:

We were told at a recent 6th form introduction evening that the standard Maths A level did not include anything on complex (imaginary) numbers and that this topic was only covered in Further Maths.

Is this generally the case for all schools and exam boards? I was a bit surprised because we certainly did complex numbers when I was at school and I don't remember it being any more difficult than the other stuff. Also I thought a knowledge of complex numbers was required for a number of degrees like physics and electrical engineering so would anyone considering studying these at university be expected to take a Further Maths A level these days?

Actually my DD mentioned this the other day. We’ve talked in the past about what is the square root of minus one with her and how it’s an imaginary number. She had looked through her A level maths text book and couldn’t find any mention of complex or imaginary numbers though. I can’t remember if the text book just covered the y12 stuff though.

Complex numbers are used in engineering, particularly electrical (nit so much in chemical) and while it’s very useful to have F maths for engineering degrees, it isn’t essential. I’d hope that most unis would go over the fundamentals of maths required early on anyway.