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Mathematics: Further AS / A Level

The further maths course allows you to explore in greater depth the ideas which feature in A Level mathematics.


On the further maths programme you will complete the A Level Mathematics course in your first year and the A Level Further Mathematics course in your second year. These are separate A Level qualifications. At the end of the first year you have the option of not continuing with mathematics.

Exam Board: Edexcel

STARTS IN SEPTEMBER 2017

  • What will I study and learn?

    Further Mathematics consists of the study of advanced topics in pure maths, such as complex numbers, matrices and differential equations. In both years you will also study units in statistics and mechanics, with the option of Decision Maths in year 2.


    The course is taught mainly through class work where you will work individually or as a member of a small group. You are also expected to complete work outside of lessons.


    Extra-curricular activities include

    • visits to maths conferences
    • the UK senior maths challenge (a national event)
    • a national cipher challenge run by Southampton University
    • maths team challenges hosted by Kingston and Surrey University
  • How is the course assessed?

    At the end of your first year, you will sit three A level maths papers featuring questions in pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics. At the end of year 2, you will sit four Further Maths papers comprising advanced pure mathematics questions together with options in advanced statistics, mechanics or Decision Maths. There is no coursework in either year.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    Maths and further maths compliments many subjects, but in particular, works well with physics. Since, on this programme, A level mathematics course is delivered in one year, most students are only able to pick up two other AS subjects in their first year.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    The course is very challenging. You will need to have a strong interest in mathematics and enjoy studying new techniques for solving problems. You will need to be able to work independently, but you will be in a class of students of a similar ability, with whom you will be able to work both in and out of the classroom.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You will need an average GCSE points score of 6 including GCSE Maths at grade 8 and English at grade 5.

    Points calculation

    The average points score for entry to an A Level programme will be calculated using your 8 best GCSEs OR 6 GCSEs plus 1 technical qualification (equivalent to a maximum of 2 GCSEs and 10 points).

    From 2017 English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE will be graded numerically (1 – 9. Grade 5 = a good grade C, grade 6 = grade B and grade 7 = grade A).

    To work out your average and find out more information, please see our Entry Requirements page.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    Further mathematics is greatly valued by universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, Warwick and Bristol for admissions to courses in mathematics, physics, engineering and computer science. Since AS/A2 further mathematics is available here you may not be seriously considered as a candidate for such universities if you do not study it. Many students on this course attend the weekly STEP classes which are offered to support students who apply to study maths related degree courses at Cambridge, Warwick and other prestigious universities.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    You are expected to buy textbooks for the course. The estimated cost of these is £60 per year. A good scientific calculator is required – we recommend the Casio fx991ESPLUS (approximately £15). You are also encouraged to purchase booklets of past papers, which cost approximately £5 per year (prices are for 2017).

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