Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics

Are you passionate about maths? Studying Further Mathematics will offer you the chance to excel in a subject you love and are good at. Challenging your logic and reasoning skills, it will further develop your knowledge, giving you an understanding of a range of pure and applied topics.

Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form

You will build heavily on the work done in A level Maths, developing an expertise in pure and applied Maths, learning how to apply different mathematical concepts and seeing how they relate to each other.

A mixture of learning strategies will be used in your study of Further Mathematics including problem solving activities, group work, independent work, use of ICT and flipped learning to allow you to maximise your potential.

Assessment will be by examination at the end of the two-year course. This will consist of four x 90 minute exams, including two compulsory modules and two optional modules.

To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English and a grade A/7 in GCSE maths.

You must have a desire to understand complex mathematical concepts, how and why they work as well as exploring new abstract concepts.

Studying this course, at least 50% of your timetable will be mathematics so you need to be highly committed and motivated.

Minimum entry requirement is GCSE maths grade A/7, preferably A*/8 or 9. GCSE Further Mathematics is desirable but not essential as it will give you an introduction to a lot of new areas of Mathematics that you will study in greater depth.

A scientific calculator with features expected from the new A level is required. The Casio classwiz fx-991ex has been developed for the new A level and should cost approximately £25.

The course will help prepare you for university courses with a high mathematical content such as mathematics, physics, engineering and computing. For some courses, A level Further Mathematics is compulsory.

Students who study Further Mathematics tend to focus on mathematics, physics, engineering or computing at university due to the mathematical demands of these courses. Over 50% of students on these courses will have studied Further Mathematics at A level. If you wish to study mathematics at degree level then you will be expected to have studied A level Further Mathematics as part of the entry requirements for university.

  • To be empowered. Studying Further Mathematics is challenging but students overwhelmingly find it to be an enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience.
  • To get high grades. Students who take Further Mathematics find that the additional time spent studying mathematics improves their skills leading to excellent grades in A level Mathematics.
  • To get on. Studying Mathematics and Further Mathematics helps to make the transition to mathematically rich university degree courses easier and offer skills desired by employers.

“It has been very fun studying Further Mathematics with the class room atmosphere being enjoyable.”

“The problem-solving approach to learning used in Further Mathematics I have found useful in my other subjects.”

“By being shown how new mathematical concepts work and then discussing their applications with other students has made it a great way to understand the subject.”

You can choose any combination of courses that you like, but we think this subject goes particularly well with mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, computing, and psychology.

Students can enter the Senior Maths Challenge, a national competition, in November each year. From time to time there are visits to mathematics talks at local universities.