A Level Further Mathematics is designed to broaden and deepen the mathematical knowledge and skills developed when studying A Level Mathematics. It may be studied alongside or after taking A Level Mathematics and provides a stimulating experience for those who enjoy the subject.
It is a challenging qualification, which both extends and deepens knowledge and understanding beyond A Level Mathematics. Students who do it often say it is their favourite subject. For someone who enjoys mathematics, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and/or more sophisticated mathematical concepts. As well as learning new areas of pure mathematics you will study further applications of mathematics in mechanics, statistics and decision mathematics.
Students who take Further Mathematics find that the additional time spent studying mathematics boosts their marks in single A Level Mathematics. Any student capable of passing an AS/A Level in Mathematics should also be able to pass AS Further Mathematics. Studying Further Mathematics consolidates and reinforces your standard A Level Mathematics work, helping you to achieve your best possible grades. It makes the transition from sixth form to university courses, which are mathematically rich, that much easier as more of the first year course content will be familiar.
If you are planning to take a degree such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., or perhaps Mathematics itself, you will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics, at least to AS Level. AS Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many degrees. Students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to degree level far more straightforward.
Further Mathematics qualifications are highly regarded and are warmly welcomed by universities. Students who take Further Mathematics are really demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies, as well as learning mathematics that is very useful for any mathematically rich degree. Some prestigious university courses require you to have a Further Mathematics qualification and others may adjust their grade requirements more favourably to students with Further Mathematics.
|Qualification equivalence:||AS/A Level|
|Course contact:||Mr S Hill|
|Additional entry requirements:||Grade 7+ in GCSE Mathematics, must study A level Mathematics|
|Suggested combinations:||Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography|