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Further Maths A-Level at New College Pontefract

Course description

If you choose to study Year 12 or Year 13 Further Maths you must also be studying Year 12 and Year 13 Mathematics. The time commitment is doubled so it is essential that you really do enjoy, and are good at, Maths. It gives you the opportunity to study all the applied maths options, Statistics and Mechanics to a greater depth. In addition, three extra units of Pure Maths are offered. If you are considering applying for Maths at university you are strongly advised to take this course.


Course content

Year 12

Module FP1:

summation of series; reduction to linear form; roots of polynomial equations; complex numbers; matrices; algebra and graphs.

Module M1:

Forces; equilibrium; kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; momentum.

Module M2:

Centre of mass; circular motion; energy, work and power, use of differential equations.


Year 13

To complete Year 13 studies in Further Mathematics, students will need to study module FP3 together with module FP4 and S2 giving six modules in total.


There may be the option to study an additional module, FP2, which would give added depth and breadth, as well as added flexibility, when aggregating the A-Level.


Module FP2:

Complex numbers and de Moivre’s theorem, loci in the complex plane, roots of polynomials, hyperbolics.

Module FP3:

Differential equations, Maclaurin series, polar geometry.

Module S2:

Continuous random variables; normal distribution; Poisson distribution; hypothesis tests.

Module FP4:

Matrices, determinants, linear equations, vector product, eigenvectors.

Entry requirements

Level 4 English Language and Level 8 Maths


Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

Mathematics is a much sought after qualification for entry to a wide variety of careers and Higher Education courses.  Examples include Accountancy, Law, Teaching, Engineering, IT, Medicine, Mathematics and Computing.

For students applying to study Mathematics at highly competitive universities (such as Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick), Further Maths will often be expected, alongside Mathematics and two other full A Levels.

Further information

What skills do I need?

  • Excellent algebraic skills
  • Great enthusiasm for Mathematics
  • To be able to produce high quality and detailed written Mathematics


How will I be taught?
The subject will be taught by three teachers using a variety of methods, including individual and group work.

Some students choose to pick up AS Further Maths in Year 13

What materials will I need to purchase?
A graphical calculator will be needed for this course and students will be able to purchase them at a discounted rate in September.

Examining Board

Further Maths is for you if: You have real flair for maths, you want it to take up two subject choices and you’re considering maths or a maths related course at university.

Further Maths is not for you if: You are not an exceptionally committed and passionate mathematician - it’s too challenging to ‘coast’ through.

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: 06 October 2017
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