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A Level: Mathematics, Further at The City of Leicester College

Course description

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Course content

Further Maths is one of the most highly respected subjects offered at A-level. It is acknowledged for its challenging content and is therefore an excellent qualification to obtain. It is particularly popular with students going on to study Mathematics,  Physics, Engineering, Computing and the Sciences at university.


Further Maths does not require students to have complete A Level Maths as a pre-requisite. Therefore, it can be studied alongside A Level Maths and will gain you two distinct qualifications.


ØFurther Pure mathematics modules introduce students to some new concepts such as complex numbers, matrices and group theory.
ØFurther Mechanics extends on momentum & impulse and collisions, it also introduces the concepts of centres of mass, work & energy and elasticity
ØFurther Statistics extends the A-level maths content by introducing linear regression, additional statistical distributions, measures for correlation and hypothesis testing
ØDecision Maths involves using algorithms to find efficient solutions to mathematical problems. Topics include solving network problems and linear programming. It has applications to Computing and Business Studies.


Students will study two compulsory Further Pure modules, and another two from a range of choices. The optional modules being offered usually range from Additional Further Pure, Mechanics, Statistics and Decision modules, some of which introduce entirely new maths, and some build on A Level maths content.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 subjects five or more GCSE’s are required at grade C including Grade 5 in Maths & English Language.  All students must continue with Maths and English if they have not achieved a Grade 4.

Grade 7 at GCSE is recommended although students with a grade 6 may be considered in exceptional circumstances if they show the determination to succeed. To study Further Mathematics, students need to thoroughly enjoy Mathematics! They will need to be self motivated and show a high level of commitment to the subject.

The Further Maths A Level must be taken alongside the Maths A Level.



Students take four exams in the summer of their final year, one for each module.

A level Mathematics is 100% exams and all exams are 1 hour and 30 minutes.

All modules have equal weight towards the final grade.


The AS course is also 100% exam, and consists of 3 hours of examined assessment across 2 or 3 papers based on a selection of the full A level content

Future opportunities

Many universities are now encouraging students to take Further Maths to improve their preparation for degree courses .

Many students combine Further Mathematics with Chemistry, Physics, Computing, Psychology, Biology, Geography, Economics and Business Studies, but each year there are students from almost all other subject areas.

We have a number of students who go to university to study Mathematics but many also study Engineering, Computing, Medicine and the Sciences.

Mathematics students often gain employment in the financial services industries.  Even if you do not choose a career directly related to your subject, Maths provides you with an essential life-long skill that will be valued in any job.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 22 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year