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Further Maths A Level at Preston Manor School

Course description

At Preston Manor we want to give students the chance to achieve the highest grade possible at Maths and Further maths. As a result we ask all our Further Maths students to sit the full A Level Maths exams at the end of year 12 and use this as a basis for the Further Maths course they undertake in year 13.

In year 13 this allows students extra course choices depending on their ability:

  • A level Further maths (grade A/A* at A level Maths)
  • AS Further Maths and possible retake of AS Maths (grade B at A level maths)
  • Repeat A level maths to ensure a higher grade (C or below at A level Maths)

Further Mathematics has become an increasingly popular subject for keen and gifted mathematicians. Students wishing to apply for the very best universities, especially for courses in Mathematics and Engineering, will have a greater chance of gaining a good offer if they have studied Further Mathematics. Once at university, students also find that they cope much better with these courses having had some prior experience of the extension topics. The Further Maths A Level introduces Pure Maths topics beyond those covered by A level Mathematics, including Complex Numbers, Matrices, Proof, Polar Coordinates and Differential Equations. There are also Applied modules available, which extend students’ knowledge of the statistics and mechanics modules studied in A Level Mathematics. The option modules will be chosen at the discretion of the classroom teacher and Key Stage 5 Maths Coordinator.

Course content

Further Maths Option 1 ‐ Students take one of the following four options:

  • 3A: Further Pure Mathematics 3
  • 3B: Further Statistics 1
  • 3C: Further Mechanics 1
  • 3D: Decision Mathematics 1

Further Maths Option 2 - Students take one of the following seven options:

  • 4A: Further Pure Mathematics 4
  • 4B: Further Statistics 1
  • 4C: Further Statistics 2
  • 4D: Further Mechanics 1
  • 4E: Further Mechanics 2
  • 4F: Decision Mathematics 1
  • 4G: Decision Mathematics 2

Entry requirements

Grade 9 in maths GCSE and Grade A* in Maths A Level (year 12 completion) At the Head of Maths discretion, students who achieve in the top 3rd of the grade 8 boundary will be allowed to take the course.


The modules are assessed by a 90 minute examination and all modules are of equal value. All exams take place at the end of year 13 based upon successful completion of year 12.

Further information

Enrichment opportunities: UKMT senior maths challenge (compulsory), UKMT team challenge, Cypher challenge, MAT/STEP support high profile universities, Maths mentoring opportunities within school, running of extra‐ curricular maths activities for younger year groups.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Preston Manor School directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years