Further Mathematics A level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Further Maths is like A Level Mathematics except that there are some new topics and it is more challenging! Further Mathematics continues from A Level Mathematics and the two qualifications count as two separate A Levels. 
This course is for those students who: enjoy Mathematics; are keen to learn and understand more; and who also intend to study a Mathematics-based subject, such as Engineering, Computing or Science.


The Core Pure topics extend some concepts studied in A Level even further but you will also be introduced to new areas of Mathematics that are more challenging and vital for university study. They include proof, complex numbers, matrices, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions and 
differential equations. You will sit two papers in Year 13, each 90 minutes in length. 

The two Options papers allow you to further explore areas of Mathematics that interest you. Various units are available in Decision Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics

The precise content of the course varies from year to year depending on numbers and also staff availability. The current cohort is studying Decision Mathematics.

How will it be delivered?

Each of the four papers will have an examination of 1½ hours.

Entry requirements

To take Further Mathematics it is essential that you have gained Grade 7 or above in the GCSE Mathematics examination and are particularly confident in algebra.
Homework is a vital component of the course and so it is important that it is done punctually. There will also be an expectation that you attend extra lessons outside the main timetabling framework, especially when examinations are due.. Please be aware that some university courses are including Further Mathematics as an entry requirement of the degree course. It is also important to note that even good GCSE candidates will not succeed at Further Mathematics unless a great deal of time, effort and hard work are spent on the course.

Further Mathematics should be taken as a fourth subject to ensure that you still have breadth in your choices.

Your next steps...

Please be aware that some university courses are including Further Mathematics as an entry requirement of the degree course.