Further Mathematics
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE to include a minimum of a grade 4 in English Language as well as Maths at grade 7 or above.
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

A Level Further Mathematics builds upon the skills acquired while studying Mathematics. It is a qualification which broadens and extends the topics covered in A Level Mathematics. It is an option for those with a serious interest in Mathematics and it is strongly recommended you study Further Mathematics if you intend to study a Mathematical subject at university. This subject is particularly beneficial to students who have career aspirations in the areas of Mathematics, Physics, Engineering and Computing.

This challenging subject equips you with skills such as logistic analysis and deduction, data handling, mathematical modelling and problem solving, all of which can be applied in almost any field of work.

What will I learn?

All units from A Level Mathematics along with:

Further Pure 1: Introduction to complex numbers, matrices and proof
Further Pure 2: Extension of rational functions and integration and an introduction to hyperbolics and polar coordinates
Further Pure 3: Extension of complex numbers along with group theory, vectors and differential equations
Mechanics 2: An extension of Mechanics 1
Statistics 2: An extension of Statistics 1

How will the course be assessed?

All units are assessed by examinations.


Every year a group of students attend the Mathematics Inspirations lectures in Manchester. There is also a Maths Club which gives you the opportunity to improve your problem solving skills and to enter ‘The Senior Team Mathematics Challenge’. This club also gives you the chance to stretch your mathematics beyond the curriculum, bridging the gap between A Level and Degree Level.

We have an excellent track record of helping students progress to the best universities to study Mathematics further, including the University of Oxford.


Students are encouraged to seek help when needed, and this can be done via workshops, one-to-one meetings in the Mathematics office and online by using our Twitter account. We also run a Gifted and Talented workshop for those who wish to extend their learning, where you will be able to take part in activities that prepare you for the Mathematics Team Challenge and work towards additional Mathematics qualifications.

Materials and other information

A scientific calculator will be required.

Progression and Careers

A degree in Mathematics can lead to some of the best paid careers in the world, including medicine, engineering, statistics, operational research, accountancy, actuarial work and scientific research.

Former students have gone onto study at some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Oxford, University of Warwick, King’s College London, the University of Leeds, University College London (UCL), Keele University, the University of York, the University of Manchester and Loughborough University, studying a broad range of degrees such as Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Theoretical Physics and Economics.

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