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Further Mathematics A level at Woodhouse College

Course description

Running alongside A level mathematics, the further mathematics course is for those with a clear enthusiasm and aptitude for mathematics. It is ideal for those aiming to study science or mathematics-based subjects at university. The course offers a deeper study of the topics introduced in A level mathematics, as well as introducing a variety of additional mathematical ideas and domains. Your two years studying further mathematics will be an enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience. It’s a chance to explore new and more sophisticated mathematical concepts.

Course content

Further mathematics expands upon material covered in A level mathematics, in addition to introducing a broad range of other topics, including complex numbers, matrices, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions, decision maths, and more in-depth statistics or mechanics.

You won’t just learn the theory, though. You’ll be able to model a wide range of real world situations with a mathematical description, and hence solve a broad variety of applied problems. You will develop the ability to think logically and apply a variety of methods rigorously. You will be able to show understanding of abstract reasoning and conceptual processes. You will be encouraged to develop more creativity in your approaches to solving problems and increased resilience in sticking with the more difficult problems.

Entry requirements

A* in GCSE mathematics and at least a GCSE Grade B in English Language.


Awarding Body - MEI

There are 1½ hour exams in three modules at AS and then a further three modules at A2 to gain the full further mathematics A level. There is no compulsory coursework (some optional modules have coursework).

Future opportunities

A level further mathematics gives you the opportunity to distinguish yourself as an able mathematician when applying for university and jobs, as well as helping to bridge the transitional gap to higher education. At Woodhouse we’ll also help to prepare you for taking the extra mathematics papers (STEP, AEA, MAT), required for particular courses at some of the UK’s most prestigious universities. (There is also the option for mathematics students to take up AS further mathematics in year 13).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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