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Further Mathematics A Level at Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Course description

Mathematics (Further) leads to two A Levels in Mathematics. It includes a number of additional topics, including Discrete. It raises students’ awareness of different aspects of Mathematics in preparation for university.

Some students decide during their first year at College that they are interested in a Mathematics or a related degree course. They may then have the opportunity to add Mathematics (Further) to their 2nd year programme to enhance their application to university.

Course content

Mathematics (Further) develops the ideas covered in A Level Mathematics but in greater depth.  The course covers Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.

Pure Mathematics develops the ideas met at GCSE, such as Algebra, Graphs, and Trigonometry, alongside new topics such and Calculus and Matrices. Statistics is the study of data and Mechanics is the study of Statics and dynamics of objects under various forces  - Statistics is the study of data.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:

  • Grade 7 in Maths and average score of 6.5

The approach and pace refelct the fact that most Mathematics (Further) will have achieved Grade 7 or above in most subjects at GCSE.

Students must have a keen interest in Mathematics and a strong aptitude for Algebra. the course is taught at a faster pace than Mathematics. Students will probably be planning to apply for a Mathematics related course at university.


There is no coursework, this subject is 100% exam.

Students are assessed by four 1.5 hour papers at the end of the 2nd year. All papers are calculator.

The exam board for this A Level is Edexcel.

Future opportunities

A Level Mathematics (Further) is welcomed as a qualification for a variety of Higher Education courses.

A Mathematics (Further) qualification is required for some subjects, such as Mathematics, Engineering and Physics, and useful for others, such as Biochemistry and Economics.

Many Mathematics graduates go on to work in Accountancy, Computing, Engineering, Management or Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coulsdon Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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