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Further Mathematics at Exeter College

Course description

Students who are good at and enjoy doing Mathematics are encouraged to take Further Mathematics in addition to their Mathematics course, details of which appear on another sheet. It may be taken at AS Level (three extra units) either in the first or second year of a two year course. Students taking Further Mathematics in their first year may proceed to the A Level Further Mathematics course in the second year.

The course follows the MEI Structured Mathematics course. You will be taught by a mixture of group lectures, individual support and self-learning study materials. There will also be extensive use of graphical calculators and computer software.

Course content

In the AS Further Mathematics course, you will study two applied mathematics units and one unit of pure mathematics.

  • Further Pure 1: This unit comprises pure mathematics techniques. Topics include graphs and inequalities, matrices, algebra, complex numbers, series and proof by induction.
  • Decision 1: This unit includes networks [shortest path and minimum connector problems], linear programming [an optimisation technique], critical path analysis, simulation and algorithms [methods of solving problems].
  • Mechanics 1: This unit involves understanding motion [velocity and acceleration], forces, Newton’s Laws, vectors and projectiles.

    In A level Further Maths you will study one Further pure maths module and two applied.

Entry requirements

You need at least five GCSEs at Grade C with Mathematics at Grade A minimum, and Science/Additional Science at least Grade B (or separate sciences at least Grade B). You will also need three GCSEs at grade D or above (total of 8 minimum).


External assessment will be by three unit examinations (each 1 hour 30 minutes) for the AS Level course, and a further three unit examinations for the A Level course. One of the A Level units has an internally assessed coursework component, contributing 20% of the mark for that component.

Financial information

Textbooks cost approx £45 per year (there are some second-hand ones available at a cheaper rate). There is a £10 resource fee payable at the beginning of the course to cover the cost of revision materials you will be provided with. You will need a scientific calculator with statistical functions. You will also find a graphical calculator very useful. These may be purchased at a discount through the college.


Future opportunities

Mathematics is a valuable qualification for Scientific and Engineering degrees and has links with many other subjects including Business Studies, Computing, Geography, Economics, Biology, Environmental Science and Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Exeter College directly.

Last updated date: 15 February 2016
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