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Further Mathematics A Level at St Mark's Catholic School

Course description

Further Mathematics broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in A level Mathematics. It is offered in years 12 and 13 as an additional A level.

Studying Further Mathematics is an excellent option for students wishing to read Mathematics or a Mathematics-rich degree such as engineering, physics, computing or economics at university.
As well as introducing students to new topics that they will find useful for their degree course, it is likely to improve their A level Mathematics grade by consolidating and reinforcing the standard A level Mathematics work. Overwhelmingly, students taking Further Mathematics find it to be an enjoyable, rewarding, stimulating and empowering experience. For students who enjoy mathematics, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and/or more sophisticated mathematical concepts. For more able A level Mathematics students it enables them to distinguish themselves as able mathematicians both for university applications and in the employment market.

Course content

50% of the Further Mathematics A level consists of Pure Mathematics. Students will study topics such as complex numbers, matrices, further calculus, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions and differential equations.

The remaining 50% of the course is made up of Applied Mathematics. The applied units are usually Further Statistics (including linear regression, statistical distributions, correlation and hypothesis testing) and Further Mechanics (including momentum and impulse, collisions, centres of mass, elastic strings and springs).


A level Further Mathematics is a two year course. Students will have four exams at the end of Year 13. Each paper makes up one quarter of the final grade.
• Further Pure Mathematics 1 (1.5 hours)
• Further Pure Mathematics 2 (1.5 hours)
• Further Statistics (1.5 hours)
• Further Mechanics (1.5 hours)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mark's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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