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Further Maths A Level at The Axe Valley Community College

Course description

AS Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many Maths-rich degrees. Students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to such degrees far more straightforward. Studying Further Mathematics also boosts students’ performance in AS/A-level Mathematics and many find it an enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience. For someone who enjoys mathematics, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and/or more sophisticated mathematical concepts and enables students to distinguish themselves as able mathematicians in the university and employment market.

Course content

AS: FP1 (Further Concepts for Advanced Mathematics) D1 (Decision Mathematics 1) NM (Numerical Methods) A2: FP2 (Further Methods for Advanced Mathematics) Any 2 modules (depending on the students’ aptitude during Year 12) from the following choices: FP3 (Further Applications for Advanced Mathematics), D2 (Decision Mathematics 2), M2 (Mechanics 2), S2 (Statistics 2), NC (Numerical Computation) and DE (Differential Equations).

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is for students to have achieved an A or A* at GCSE to be recommended by their maths teacher and to have opted for the Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Mathematics option.


AS LEVEL: D1 - One examination lasting 1.5 hours to be sat in June. FP1 – One examination lasting 1.5 hours to be sat in June. NM - One examination lasting 1.5 hours and worth (80%) to be sat in June. One coursework task worth (20%). A2 LEVEL: All three of the A2 modules will be assessed in June. The details for the only definite module to be studied in Year 13 are given below. For further details on the other possible choices please see Mr Leach (Head of Mathematics). FP2 – One examination lasting 1.5 hours to be sat in June. The assessment procedures for the other 6 possible modules differ slightly, but all will be assessed in June.

Future opportunities

Any student planning to take a mathematics-rich degree - Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/ Economics, as well as Mathematics itself) will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Axe Valley Community College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years