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Further Mathematics A-level

Further Mathematics is an A-level qualification which both broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in A-level Maths. Any student considering a degree in a maths rich subject such as engineering, sciences, computing, finance or economics should seriously consider Further Maths.

Further Mathematics is taught alongside A-level Maths.

Why Further Mathematics?

There are many reasons - a few are:

  • Students taking Further Mathematics overwhelmingly find it to be an enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience.
  • For someone who enjoys Mathematics, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and more sophisticated mathematical concepts.
  • It enables students to distinguish themselves as able mathematicians in the university and employment market.
  • Some prestigious university courses will only accept students with Further Mathematics on Maths-based degrees.
  • Studying Further Maths boosts students' performance in A-level Mathematics.
  • 33% of all universities mention Further Maths as desirable or essential for a Mathematics degree and for those universities in the Russell Group, this proportion is 65% (May 2012).
  • Many universities are now encouraging students to take Further Maths if they wish to study Maths-related subjects such as engineering, sciences, computing or technology.

Any special requirements?

To study Further Mathematics you need to have obtained at least a grade 8 at GCSE.

What will I study?

  • In Year 12 you will cover Core Pure 1 and in Year 13 Core Pure 2. These contain the topics which are ideal to help with any Maths based degrees including all the engineering ones. These papers are compulsory.
  • The rest of the course is optional and so we choose which applied units we sit so that they complement the students other A levels. For Example we can do Decision one and Further Mechanics if there are a lot of Physics students.
  • Further Units can be studied by the students if they wish so the minimum number of exams sat will be 4 these being Core Pure 1 and 2 (two papers) and then two further papers covering the applied option.

Purpose and Provision

Download a copy of the Mathematics Departments Purpose and Provision document here

Curriculum Map

Download a copy of the Mathematics Departments Curriculum Map document here.