Type of Qualification: A Level
Exam Board: Edexcel
Additional Entry Requirements: Mathematics GCSE Grade 8
Why study Further Mathematics?
This course will be essential for anyone considering a degree with a Mathematics component. An A Level or AS Level qualification in Further Mathematics is regarded very highly by all universities and usually results in a lower UCAS offer.
Further Mathematics is also accessible for arts or business students who have an interest in a deeper understanding of mathematics.
Students will need to place Mathematics and Further Mathematics in two option blocks in order to study this course.
50% of the course is compulsory Further Pure Mathematics, with the remaining 50% comprising optional units in Mechanics, Statistics, Decision Mathematics or additional Further Pure. Final available options will depend on the students choosing the course to best cater to their needs.
There are twelve lessons per fortnight in addition to that for single Mathematics, with an equal time of self-study and homework required. Interactive teaching is the norm, and extra-curricular activities are offered to stretch the more able students to help them reach top grades. Coaching in university entrance exams is also offered.
Students must be very confident in GCSE algebra and shape topics, and able to work independently on the hardest questions.
If a student is doing Further Maths as one of 4 subjects, they may choose to be entered for the AS exam in May of Year 12, and/or drop the subject at any point during the course.
4 exams of 1.5 hours each (Core Pure 1 / Core Pure 2 / Further Option 1 / Further Option 2) in June of Year 13.
Careers in Further Mathematics
Accountant, Actuary, Statistician, Stockbroker, Engineer, Teacher, …
Many disciplines use Statistics, including Medicine, Geography, Biology and Environmental Sciences. Mechanics can complement study in Physics or Engineering, but it is not only useful for sciences, as it also covers useful problem-solving skills. Decision Mathematics links particularly with coding, programming and operational analysis.