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Further Mathematics (MEI) Level 3 AS & A2 at Woodkirk Academy

Course description

Students at Woodkirk have the opportunity to take part in a government funded Further Mathematics initiative which allows all students who want to study the subject the access to it via a network of regional centres. Leeds University is our regional centre in the National Further Mathematics Network and provides the location and the tuition at both AS and A2 level. Lessons take place at the university on a Wednesday afternoon. There is a support system in place which uses email, websites and revision days.

At both AS and A2 level, Further Mathematics will broaden and deepen your mathematical skills and you will find it stimulating. It is an intellectual challenge which involves a combination of harder maths as well as new maths which you will not come across in GCSE or in AS/A2 Mathematics. It will help to prepare you for your university studies.

Course content


If you are enthusiastic about mathematics and have enjoyed it at GCSE or know you need the subject for your career plans then there is a good chance that you will be successful in the sixth form. However, there is more to the success story that that.


There is a big difference between GCSE and AS level Mathematics. Topics are studied in greater depth and you need to be able to make vital connections between topics. The approach to algebra is more rigorous so good algebraic skills are a key to success. You need to be able to understand concepts, solve problems independently and to use the correct language and notation. You must be organised and complete all the work that your teachers set so that you have practised new skills, thoroughly understood new concepts, consolidated class work and prepared the building blocks for the next steps. Although work at AS level will appear familiar to begin with you should expect to be challenged, will need to persevere, have a good attitude, be prepared to take responsibility for your own progress and to work hard.

Entry requirements

AS Mathematics

Students must have at least a grade B (460 UMS or more) in GCSE Mathematics and have studied the higher tier specification.


AS Use of Mathematics

Students must have at least a grade C in GCSE Mathematics, (400 UMS or above)

NB This is a ONE year course, it is offered ONLY at AS level in year 12


AS Further Mathematics

Students must have an A* grade in GCSE Mathematics



Future opportunities


An AS/A2 qualification in a mathematics subject is held in very high regard by both employers and university admissions tutors and it has been said that you can expect to earn 10% more than someone without an AS/A2 qualification in mathematics! A mathematics course is a good preparation for anyone wanting to study science, engineering, technology or business related courses in higher education. The further mathematics course is ideal for those who want to study mathematics at university.

Further information

'Further Mathematics is really challenging. It's been great and given me the opportunity to meet new people and to experience university life. '

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WEBSITES (Edexcel) (follow links to A level)

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years