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Further Mathematics at King Ecgbert

Course description

  • Students taking Further Mathematics overwhelmingly find it to be an enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience.
    It is a challenging qualification, which both extends and deepens your knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A level Mathematics. Students who do it often say it is their favourite subject.
  • For someone who enjoys mathematics, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and/or more sophisticated mathematical concepts.
    As well as new learning new areas of pure mathematics you will study further applications of mathematics in mechanics, statistics and decision mathematics.
  • Students who take Further Mathematics find that the additional time spent studying mathematics boosts their marks in single A level Mathematics. Studying Further Mathematics consolidates and reinforces your standard A level Mathematics work, helping you to achieve your best possible grades.

Course content

50% of the course has to be core with the other 50% being a choice from core, mechanics, statistics or decision.  The breakdown of this content is yet to be decided by the exam boards.

Entry requirements

8 in GCSE Mathematics (strong 7s will be considered)


All examined across equally weighted papers at the end of two years.  Two will be the compulsory core modules and the other two with content from the options mentioned above.

Financial information

Recommended calculator costs about £18.

Textbooks are lent to students from the library free of charge.

Future opportunities

  • It makes the transition from sixth form to university courses which are mathematically rich that much easier as more of the first year course content will be familiar.
    If you are planning to take a degree such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., or perhaps Mathematics itself, you will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics, at least to AS level. AS Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many STEM degrees. Students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to such degrees far more straightforward. If you decide to study for a mathematically rich degree during year 12, but are not taking AS Further Mathematics it is often possible to start AS Further Mathematics alongside A level Mathematics in year 13.
  • It enables students to distinguish themselves as able mathematicians in their applications for university and future employment.
    Further Mathematics qualifications are highly regarded and are warmly welcomed by universities. Students who take Further Mathematics are really demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies, as well as learning mathematics that is very useful for any mathematically rich degree. Some prestigious university courses require you to have a Further Mathematics qualification and others may adjust their grade requirements more favourably to students with Further Mathematics.

Further information

In 2017 50% of Maths students gained an A*or A grade and 100% gained a

grade A*-B.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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