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Further Mathematics at King Edward VII

Course description

Most mathematicians would say that doing mathematics is a beautiful, fascinating and intellectually satisfying activity.  It is a way of looking at the patterns that make up our world and the ways in which they are constructed.  It is therefore worthwhile in its own right.

On the other hand, it is also the foundation on which the theories of many other applied subjects are built. Mathematics at A-level will give you the tools required to study, for example, the way the economy works, the motion of the planets, how to assess the risk of flooding, the speed of a chemical reaction, the behaviour of large groups of people, global warming forecasts and the way decision making is done in businesses.

Most employers put great value on a student having an A-level in mathematics and take it as a sign that a person has sound reasoning and good numeracy.

If you are considering continuing your study of Maths at Post-16, just to support your study of other subjects, it may be that the ‘Core Maths’ course is right for you, rather than A-Level maths.


Course content

Year 12: Lessons take place over two option blocks with lessons split across Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Students will work towards both the ‘Mathematics AS-Level’ and ‘Further Mathematics AS-Level’.

Year 13: Lessons take place over two option blocks with lessons split across Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Students will work towards both the ‘Mathematics A-Level’ and ‘Further Mathematics A-Level’.

Entry requirements

For Further Mathematics you should have a grade 8 or 9 at GCSE.

Learning mathematics means learning how to solve problems using logical reasoning. This takes intelligence, insight and lots of practice.

To ensure that the subjects you have chosen fit into our timetable please click the link below to download our subject blocking timetable. Please note that this may be subject to change depending on course demand or staffing.

Y12 Subject Blocks 2018-19

NOTE: the school reserves the right NOT to run courses where the number of students is not viable.


Future opportunities

A higher level qualification in mathematics is very flexible; it can open up opportunities in a wide range of careers such as finance and accountancy, computing, management, technology, education and research.

Further information

Students get the opportunity to enter the national senior Mathematics challenge each November and very able students can enter the British Mathematics Olympiad with coaching provided.  We enter a team for other local and national competitions and we participate in the National Cipher Challenge.  We have won prizes at all of these events.  Furthermore, students wishing to progress to Mathematics degrees at Oxbridge/Warwick/Imperial will receive substantial support (typically one hour per week) in preparing for their specific entry papers.

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: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 104 Weeks