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Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics

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Further Mathematics is studied in combination with Mathematics, counting as two subjects. The course covers many different branches of maths and is aimed at students who show real talent and enthusiasm for the subject.

To study this subject, you must love maths, enjoy a challenge and have an A*/8 at GCSE Mathematics. It is a great A level choice for anyone planning to study Mathematics at university.

The majority of students who choose Further Maths do so as part of a 4 A level programme of study. If you are thinking of studying Maths, Further Maths and one other A level, please contact one of the maths team to discuss this.

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A-level Maths provides students with a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace. The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying A-level Maths make sure the qualification is widely respected even in non-mathematical arenas. There is a great website www.mathscareers.org.uk where you can find out about the career paths that are open to you after studying maths.

We aim to give you the best possible footing for university.  Maths A-level is a highly regarded qualification and is a requirement of many university courses, including some of the science or engineering based degrees

Alongside the teaching, we endeavour to give you enrichment and C.V.-enhancing opportunities:

London Trip-This year, a group of maths students went on a residential trip to London which included a Code Breaking Workshop looking at the Enigma Machine and Ciphers and a Lecture on The Maths Behind Roller Coaster Design at Thorpe Park (and then time to experience the maths on the rides!!).

Maths Inspiration Show – We have run trips to the Maths Inspiration Show where students have the opportunity to, as the organisers put it, “experience the UK’s most inspiring maths speakers live, … presenting mathematics in the context of exciting, real-world situations”.

Maths Challenge – Students are encouraged to enter the Senior Maths Challenge, an international competition run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. We regularly see several of our students achieving Gold and going further in the competition. You can also try out for the Team Challenge.  Our college has performed impressively in this competition in recent years: we were the regional competition winners in 2017!

Course Structure

All students studying Further Maths will study A Level Maths . Further Maths develops and extends many of the concepts in Maths and introduces new topics including complex numbers, matrices and polar coordinates. In addition to extending the Statistics and Mechanics, the Further Maths course has an optional Discrete Maths element, looking at Networks, Critical Path Analysis and Linear Programming.

The course is examined at the end of year 13 with three papers:

Paper 1 – Pure topics assessed (2hr paper)
Paper 2 – Pure topics assessed (2hr paper)
Paper 3 – Choice of 2 options from Discrete, Mechanics or Statistics (2hr paper)

Note: Due to the nature of the course, some students may take the AS Further Maths examination at the end of year 12.


“Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.”
The National Framework from the Department for Education (page 88)

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