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Sixth Form

Further Mathematics

Course Title:  A Level Further Mathematics


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What is it all about?


The course develops skills in three areas of mathematics; pure maths, statistics and decision mathematics. Pure maths extends the core maths covered at A level, whilst introducing new topics such as complex numbers. Statistics also extends the concepts covered at A level, while decision maths studies algorithms and networks.


Students can take Further Maths as one of their three A Level choices. There is also the option of taking Further Maths as a fourth option and studying four subjects to A Level. If appropriate, some students may take Further Maths AS Level at the end of Year 12 if they are studying the subject as a fourth option.


Want to know more?


The maths course covered is the Edexcel specification, which you can access at


How will I be assessed?


All units are assessed by a written examination. At A Level, each unit counts for 25% of the A Level grade. You will take four exams, each 1.5 hours long, at the end of Year 13:                    

                     Core Pure Maths 1

                    Core Pure Maths 2

                     Further Maths Option 1 - Further Statistics

                     Further Maths Option 2 - Decision Maths



What are the entrance requirements?


This course is suitable for students who have achieved a grade ‘7’ or above in GCSE Mathematics. You must also be studying A level Mathematics to follow this course.


What skills do I need?


Further mathematics extends students’ mathematical knowledge and understanding. It is an enjoyable and rewarding subject which explores new concepts and ideas to a high level.  It provides an additional challenge for any students who enjoy maths and are confident in their ability in the subject. It develops students’ understanding of mathematical processes and enables them to model real life problems.


Future prospects?


Further Mathematics is a requirement for most mathematics degrees. Many degrees like Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or Computer Science also require Further Mathematics to at least AS Level. The Advanced Maths Support Programme has excellent information regarding all things Maths and Further maths


What do our students say?


  • ‘I chose Further Maths because I love Maths and wanted to study it in even more depth. I have enjoyed it so much during my A Levels that I hope to go on to study a maths related degree at university’ Year 13 student



Head of Maths, Mrs Steele, discusses both Maths and Further Maths with some current students, why they chose the course and what they found most interesting about taking the subject.

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About Coast and Vale Learning Trust

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