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Overview

A Level

Further Mathematics is always taken alongside Mathematics and leads to a second A Level in Mathematics.  It includes a number of additional topics such as Complex Numbers, raising students’ awareness of different aspects of Mathematics in preparation for university.

AS Level

During their first year of study, some students decide they want to study Mathematics or a related degree at university and add AS Further Mathematics to their second year programme to enhance their university application. 

What goes well with this course?

Mathematics goes well with every subject and it is probably the most marketable of all subjects. There are good economic reasons for studying Mathematics and it is difficult to think of any further education course or career where it would not be welcomed in combination with other subjects.

Progression

A Level Further Mathematics is welcomed as a qualification for a variety of Higher Education courses.

A Further Mathematics qualification is required for some subjects, such as Mathematics, Engineering and Physics, and useful for others, such as Biochemistry and Economics.

Many Mathematics graduates go on to work in Accountancy, Computing, Engineering, Management or Teaching.

Course Content

Further Mathematics develops the ideas covered in A Level Mathematics but in greater depth. The course covers:

  • Pure Mathematics
  • Discrete Mathematics, which develops the ideas used in modern technology
  • Mechanics, which looks at the study of moving objects

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Further Mathematics students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • The opportunity to participate in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge
  • A visit to the Institute of Education in London to attend a variety of lectures on Mathematics
  • Further Maths, What Next? day at Oxford University

Activities Programme

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.

Assessment

The course is assessed by examination (100%).

The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.  In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:  

  • Grade 7 in Maths

This course is usually taken as a fourth subject.  It is suited to the College’s most able Mathematicians who can manage the academic challenge and workload.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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