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Further Mathematics AS/A2 at Rednock School

Course description

What will I learn on this A Level course?

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. Any student capable of passing an AS/A level in Mathematics should also be able to pass AS Further Mathematics. Studying Further Mathematics consolidates and reinforces your standard A level Mathematics work, helping you to achieve your best possible grades.

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. If you are not planning to study for mathematically rich degrees but are keen on mathematics you will find Further Mathematics a very enjoyable course and having a Further Mathematics qualification identifies you as having excellent analytical skills, whatever area you are considering for a career.


What kind of student is this course suitable for?

This course will appeal to students who:

  • Enjoy solving mathematical problems and applying their mathematical skills to solve real life problems;
  • Want to go on to study mathematics or engineering at a higher level
  • Have a high level of resilience with mathematics

What is covered on the AS/A2 level course?

In Year 12, you will study three units, which will include the first Further Pure Mathematics Units (FP1) as well as two applied units.

Successful completion of these units will lead to the award of an AS (Advanced Subsidiary) in Mathematics.

In order to obtain a full A Level you must complete three further units in Year 13. The selection of units taught during Year 12 and 13 will depend on final option choices but will be chosen from one of the structures outlined below. 


FP1, tow of S1, S2, M1, M2, D1


FP2, tow of S2,S3,M2,M3,D2

Entry requirements

Students should have an A* in Mathematics.
In some circumstances, students with an A grade may be allowed to take the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rednock School directly.

Last updated date: 02 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years