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Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics

Our Subject

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 enjoy a challenge and have an A*/8 at GCSE Mathematics.

Our links with HE

We aim to give you the best possible footing for university and your future career with enrichment opportunities and CV-enhancing experiences. Each year we run a trip to Maths Inspiration, for example, where students have the opportunity to, as the organisers put it, “experience the UK’s most inspiring maths speakers live, in big venues, presenting mathematics in the context of exciting, real-world situations”. Presentations have intriguing titles such as ‘Rollercoasters: Designed To Thrill’, ‘From Pepsi to Peace Deals’ and ‘The Friendship Paradox of Facebook’.

We also encourage you to enter the Senior Challenge, an international competition run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. We regularly see several of our students progressing on to the next round. You can also try out for the Team Challenges. Our college has performed impressively in this competition in recent years. We were the regional competition winners this year and are going to the national final in February.

Course Structure

During your first year (AS), as well as studying Core 1, Core 2, Statistics 1, Mechanics 1 and Decision 1 (please see Mathematics for details) you will take a module called Further Pure 1. This develops the ideas encountered in Core 1 and Core 2, as well as introducing imaginary numbers and matrices.

In the second year (A2), alongside Core 3, Core 4, Mechanics 2 and Statistics 2 (again, see Mathematics for more information) you will study Decision 2 and Further Pure 2. The former extends the ideas of efficiency from Decision 1 to organise projects and introduces simple game theory, while the latter introduces more complex methods of integration, hyperbolic functions and more imaginary numbers.


“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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