Further Mathematics A-Level

Further Mathematics is taught alongside A Level Maths

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.

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


Further information

If you would like further information about this subject please click here to view the course leaflet.


Purpose and Provision

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