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Further Mathematics AS & A Level at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Further Mathematics extends and develops the topics introduced in the Mathematics course and introduces some new topics such as complex numbers. The course provides an excellent grounding for anyone going on to study Mathematics, Engineering or Physics at university.

Further Mathematics provides a great opportunity for enthusiastic mathematicians to broaden and deepen their subject knowledge. It is for those students who love Mathematics and want to devote more time to studying wider aspects of the subject. It is also suitable for students who are thinking of studying for a Mathematics, Engineering, Physics or similar degree.

Course content

At AS, topic areas include complex numbers, which allow the solution of a range of equations that would otherwise have no solutions, through the introduction of imaginary numbers, and matrices which consists of grids of numbers that can be used to represent transformations and are used to solve simultaneous equations amongst many other things.

At A2, other areas of pure Mathematics are included such as polar co-ordinates, differential equations and hyperbolic functions. Each of these builds on earlier topics and encourages the development of a wider understanding of the ways in which mathematical topics are interconnected.

For Further Mathematics you will study more application units covering all three areas of Decision Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. Anyone choosing to study Further Mathematics must also study Mathematics—please refer to the flyer for more information on this course.

Entry requirements

There are a range of courses and pathways available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have the minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent). In addition, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. Students who do not achieve a grade C or above (or numerical equivalent) in GCSE English and/or mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

If you do not meet our entry requirements but are still keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.


Six examinations are taken each year across the two qualifications.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
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    • Durham Sixth Form Centre is located in Durham City Centre next to Gala Square and Freeman’s Quay. We are a couple of minutes walk from both the bus station and the railway station. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities, shops, restaurants, the city library, cinema and theatre on our doorstep. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and book shops all play their part in enriching the student experience. A large public car-park is directly opposite and adjacent to Durham Sixth Form Centre’s main entrance.