Further Maths A-level can be taken in addition to the ‘single’ Maths. It is designed for students with a particular aptitude and strong enjoyment of the subject. This subject is an excellent preparation for degree courses with a high Mathematical content, which could include Engineering, Physics, Economics and Accountancy, as well as Maths itself. By doing an intensive study of such an analytical subject, you will gain outstanding skills in understanding ideas from many disciplines.
Many universities require an A-Level in Further Maths to study Maths related subjects.
All students will study a two year course in A-Level Further Maths as it is now linear. Students will take 4 exam papers at the end of year 2. Paper 1 is Further Pure 1 including topics such as complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and further calculus. Paper 2 is Further Pure 2 including topics such as hyperbolic functions and polar coordinates. There is some option for the final 2 papers in that students could either study more Mechanics or more Statistics or more pure maths or Decision maths. Each paper is 1.5 hours long and is equally weighted.
Why study Further Maths?
Further Maths A-Level is taken in addition to the 'single' Maths and is designed for students with a particular aptitude and strong enjoyment of Maths. This subject is an excellent preparation for degree courses with a high Mathematical content such as Engineering, Physics, Economics and Accountancy as well as Maths itself. Mathematics is a fascinating and rewarding area of study and each student works in an atmosphere that is both challenging and supportive.
Members of the Maths team use a variety of teaching strategies including ILT to ensure that the experience of students is both satisfying and rewarding. The Maths facilities are excellently equipped and provide a first class learning environment. In addition, there is an extensive support programme designed to provide extended opportunities for successful and timely help for those who need it.
What else can you do on this course?
This is not just an academic subject studied in the classroom. We try to make your learning as relevant as possible, by including visits to exhibitions and employers where you can see the real world application of your subject. Also Further Maths students are encouraged to do the UK Maths Challenge.
To be considered for entry onto our A Level courses you should have:
Three Grade 5s (Bs) plus two Grade 4s (Cs) including Grade 4s in English Language and Maths plus a high average GCSE point score and any individual subject requirements.
Maths GCSE grade 8/A* (Higher Tier) is required. Students wishing to take Further Maths must also choose Maths.
We are advised by many university lecturers in Engineering that there is no better preparation for their course than the Further Pure units. Further Mathematics is also an excellent basis for a degree in Mathematics. Other students have gone on to read Law, Physics or Economics.