A Level Further Mathematics must be studied alongside A Level Mathematics. The syllabus extends the work from the pure, mechanics and statistics areas of the standard Maths course, while also introducing students to the world of algorithms and networks. This final addition is closely linked to computing.
Students will also begin to learn about the concept of proof as it applies to mathematics, which is very different to the approach to proof used in the sciences.
A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4).
Students will need to have scored a grade 7 at GCSE and ideally will have a minimum G-score of 6.3.
Further Mathematics is an A level that is highly regarded by both Universities and Employers. Students with Further Maths commonly take up highly paid professional careers in a variety of areas. These include Finance and Actuarial work, Architecture, Business Analysts, Operational Research and all types of Engineering.
This is a very valuable option for students considering degrees in Mathematics, Computing, Physics, Engineering or Economics.
The final grade for A Level Further Mathematics is assessed entirely by examination at the end of two years.
Students will also receive regular testing each half term, in order to keep track of their progress through the course.
3 exams, each 1 hour 15 minutes in length
Paper 1 – Pure Mathematics
Paper 2 & 3 – Applied modules
Paper 1 – Pure Mathematics – 2 hours 40 minutes – 50%
Paper 2, 3 & 4 – Applied modules – 1 hour 15 minutes each – 16% each