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Further Mathematics at Formby High School

Course description

Further Mathematics A Level is ideal for students who want to go on and study Mathematics at university. In addition, an increasing range of other university courses also value Further Mathematics.

This course is not just for exceptionally gifted mathematicians but also anyone who enjoys Mathematics and thinks they might wish to do a degree at a good university in Physics, Engineering, Computer Studies, Sciences or Economics. It is also useful if you wish to move into the business and financial world as a career.

Course content

The A Level Further Mathematics course includes:

  • Further Pure Mathematics 1: Proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions, further calculus and further vectors
  • Further Pure Mathematics 2: Complex numbers, further algebra and functions, further calculus, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions & differential equations

Pick two from the following options:

  • Further Pure: groups, further calculus, further matrix algebra, further complex numbers, number theory, and further sequences and series
  • Further Statistics: Linear regression, s tatistical distributions, correlation, hypothesis testing and chi squared tests, probability distributions, combinati on of random variables, estimation, confidence intervals and normal distribution and probability
  • Further Mechanics: momentum and impulse, collisions, centre of mass, work and energy, elastic springs and strings, kinematics, dynamics, circle motion, statics and collisions
  • Decision Mathematics 2: Algorithms and graph theory, critical path analysis and linear programming, transportation problems, allocation problems, flows in networks, dynamic programming, game theory, recurrence relations and decision analysis

Entry requirements

Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics and must be studied alongside A Level Mathem atics


The course is assessed at the end of Year 13 by four examinations each lasting one hour and thirty minutes. Two elements of the course are optional with a variety of areas of Mathematics to choose from.

Future opportunities

Further Mathematics is important for students wishing to pursue a degree in STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and, of course, Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Formby High School directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September