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Further Mathematics (A Level)

The pure mathematician, like the musican, is a free creator of his world of ordered beauty.

Bertrand Russell

Students who are especially keen on mathematics will really enjoy studying Further Mathematics. It is a demanding qualification which both extends and deepens students' knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A Level. Students who intend to study something mathematical at a top University should give it serious consideration.

Future Opportunities

Any student planning to take a mathematics-rich degree will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics. This covers a very wide range of academic areas: Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics etc. as well as Mathematics itself.

Students who are not planning to study for mathematics-rich degrees but who are keen on Mathematics will find Further Mathematics a very enjoyable course and having a Further Mathematics qualification identifies students as having excellent analytical skills, whatever area they plan to study or work within.

What are the entry requirements?

Five or more GCSEs Grade 9 - 4 or equivalent, including English. 

Grade 7 in Mathematics and to have chosen maths A Level as another option.

What will I study?

Further Mathematics is designed to be learnt alongside Mathematics. You will study Core Pure Maths which covers:

  • Proof
  • Complex numbers 
  • Matrix algebra
  • Extensions of content covered in Mathematics.

You will also study two elective modules (two from decision maths, statistics, mechanics and additional pure). Everyone will study the same two elective modules but the preferences of students will be taken into consideration wherever possible.

At A Level in Year 13 you shall build upon the content learnt in the first year and develop the skills introduced.

How will I be assessed?

Board: Edexcel.

Year 13 A Level: Four 90-minute exams (two for pure and one for each of the elective modules).