This course is an additional A Level in Mathematics, expanding upon the many areas of study met in A Level Mathematics as well as introducing new and exciting topics. A genuine love of maths and an enquiring mind are essential for students wishing to take this course. You must be confident with the algebra studied at higher level GCSE and show an enthusiasm to overcome the challenges that A Level Further Mathematics provides.
The content of A Level Further Mathematics splits into two strands: Compulsory (Core) Pure Maths and Further Applied Maths.
50%: Core Pure Mathematics builds on the knowledge and understanding of algebra and extends the content introduced in A Level Mathematics. You will meet new topics such as complex numbers, matrices, proof, hyperbolic functions, polar coordinates and further calculus.
50%: Further Applied Maths options will be chosen depending on the strengths of the group. Options are available in Additional Pure Maths, Statistics and Mechanics as well as a relatively modern branch of maths known as Decision Mathematics. This uses algorithms to solve a range of problems involving networks and is particularly useful in science, computing, business and industry.
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GCSE Grade 8 or above in Mathematics (plus a maths entry test).
Since A Level Further Mathematics is a second A Level in maths, you must also be studying A Level Mathematics alongside this course. In most cases we would expect A Level (or AS Level) Further Mathematics to be taken as a fourth A Level course.
You will deepen your understanding of mathematics by discussion and group work as well as independent research and practical work.
This course is unique, in that it can be studied as either an AS Level qualification or full A Level. This allows students who perform well in Year 12 Maths to pick up AS Further Maths in Year 13. This is a real advantage, especially if you are looking at studying maths at university. For AS Level there are two exams: Core Pure Maths and Further Applied Maths. All candidates will sit these exams at the end of the first year to assess their suitability to progress onto the A Level course. For A Level there are four exams: two Core Pure papers and two Further Applied papers. The content from both years of study are examined in these papers.
A Level Further Mathematics is a highly regarded and prestigious subject. Many Higher Education programmes in mathematics, physics and engineering now ask specifically for Further Mathematics to at least AS Level. Graduates go on to have a range of careers from accountancy and computing to scientific research and medicine.
Meet the A Level expert
After graduating with a first-class Master’s degree in Maths and Statistics from Newcastle University, Lane worked in finance before completing a PGCE at the University of York. He has been teaching A Level Maths and Further Maths for six years.
Lane said: “Maths in a fantastic core subject which provides you with the ability to solve complex problems in a systematic and logical way. It is a great foundation for a number of undergraduate degree courses and is highly regarded by universities.”