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AS/A-Level Further Maths at Leeds City College

Course description

The skills gained from studying a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subject at A level or Degree Level are in demand by employers, with graduates in those STEM subjects earning on average 5% to 10% more than.

AS Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many STEM degrees. Further Mathematics is a challenging qualification, which both extends and deepens your knowledge and understanding beyond the standard Mathematics A level. As well as learning new areas of pure mathematics you will study further applications of mathematics in mechanics, statistics and decision mathematics.


Course content

A-Level Further Maths is a highly specialised and challenging course designed to broaden and deepen the mathematical knowledge and skills developed when studying A-Level Maths.  It can only be studied alongside or after taking A-Level Maths and provides a stimulating experience for those who enjoy the subject.

A-Level Further Maths is made up of six units.  There are three Further Pure units available and any of the applied units may be used towards A-Level Further Maths.  There are additional Statistics and Mechanics units available only for Further Maths.


Entry requirements

The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A-Level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.

For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.

Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A-Levels.

Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A-Level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A-Level subjects.

Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance. In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.

Additional entry criteria - GCSE Grade A or A*.9-7 in GCSE Mathematics.


There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment.  Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed.  The course may involve a mix of assignments and examinations.

Future opportunities

The course provides excellent preparation for a degree in Mathematics.  Most leading university mathematics departments encourage students to take Further Maths at A-Level as it introduces a wider range of pure and applied content, such as matrices and complex numbers.  Students who have studied Further Maths find the transition to university far more straightforward.  Some leading universities now specify Further Maths as an entry requirement for their mathematics degrees.

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: 07 November 2017
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