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Further Mathematics A level at Highworth Grammar School

Course description

Further Maths is like A Level Mathematics except that there are some new topics and it is more challenging! You will study three extra units in Year 12 and another three units in Year 13. Further Maths continues from A Level Maths and the two qualifications count as two A Levels.
This course is for those students who enjoy Mathematics and are keen to learn and understand more and who also intend to study a Maths-based subject such as Engineering, Computing and Science.

Course content

The precise content of the course varies from year to year depending on numbers and also staff availability. This table summarises a typical breakdown.
Pure Units (C1-4, FP1, FP2, FP3): Various topics including algebra and functions, trigonometry, calculus and vectors.
Mechanics Units (M1-3): Topics on vectors, forces, motion and energy; they tie in very well with several Physics units.
Statistics Units (S1-2): Topics on data analysis, probability and hypothesis testing. The Statistics units would be a useful support to any subject involving data analysis and projects e.g. Biology, Geography, Business Studies and PE.
Decision Maths Units (D1-2): Topics on algorithms, linear programming, networks and game theory; these units support work in Business Studies, Finance and Marketing courses.
There is a wide range of permutations and a typical 12-module Maths and Further Mathematics A Level course would include – (C1, C2, C3, C4, FP1, FP2, FP3, S1, S2, D1, M1, M2). This arrangement could be varied slightly by changing the S, M and D modules chosen and some students choose to study more than twelve units.


Entry requirements

To take Further Mathematics it is essential that you have gained Grade A or A* in the GCSE examination and are particularly confident in algebra.
Homework is a vital component of the course and so it is important that it is done punctually. There will also be an expectation that you attend extra lessons outside the main timetabling framework, especially when examinations are due.
Please be aware that even good GCSE candidates will not succeed at Further Maths unless a great deal of time, effort and hard work are spent on the course.


Each unit will have an examination of 1 hour 30 minutes. There is no separate synoptic paper and no coursework component.

Future opportunities

Please be aware that some university courses are including Further Mathematics as an entry requirement of the degree course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September