Further MathematicsA Level • Level 3
About the course
A Level Further Mathematics builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding set out in the whole GCSE subject content for mathematics and the subject content for A Level Mathematics. The main focus is Pure Mathematics; looking further at algebra, calculus and numerical methods and introducing new concepts such as hyperbolic functions, matrices, complex numbers, and polar coordinates. In addition, students will study two areas of Applied Mathematics from a choice of Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Maths. Problem-solving, proof and mathematical modelling will be assessed in the context of the wider knowledge which students taking A level Further Mathematics will have studied. Students must apply for A Level Mathematics and A Level Further Mathematics plus two other A Level subjects. Students will complete A Level Mathematics in their first year, sitting the examinations at the end of year 1 in preparation for studying Further Mathematics in their second year.
Type of LearningSchool Leaver
Study ModeFull Time
Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics as well as a high grade in A Level Mathematics from Year 1. You will have to demonstrate exceptional mathematical ability and commitment.
Throughout the course, we will assess you using formal examinations and mini-tests. You will be given a breakdown of your progress by topic to allow you to assess your knowledge and skills to improve. Regular homework is set to support your learning in class. At the end of the first year, you will sit three 2-hour written external exams for A Level Mathematics and at the end of the second year, you will sit four 1.5-hour written external exams for A Level Further Mathematics. Calculators are required for all examinations.
Careers & Progression
Further Mathematics is beneficial to students considering taking a mathematically rich university course such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance / Economics and of course Mathematics. Progression can lead to successful careers such as Teacher, Engineer, Accountant, Banker, Financial Advisor, Actuary, Statistician, Meteorology and many more.
Extra curricular activities
There is an opportunity to participate in the UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge (SMC) each year. This is an intriguing multiple choice question paper designed to stimulate mathematical problem-solving skills. Tens of thousands of students across the UK take part each year. We also send a team of four students to a regional final of the UKMT Senior Team Challenge at Lancaster University. This challenge promotes mathematical dexterity, teamwork and communication skills, competing against students from other schools and colleges in the North West. Students can also choose to research Mathematics via the CREST award. Trips to universities to look at problem-solving and maths in context further enhance the course.