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Further Mathematics A level at Francis Combe Academy

Course description

Further Maths is suitable for students who have a grade 6 or higher at GCSE and wish to read a STEM subject at university.

If you are planning to take a degree such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., or perhaps Mathematics itself, you will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics, at least to AS level.

AS Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many STEM degrees. Students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to such degrees far more straightforward. 

Course content

The course will explore proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions, differential equations, further mechanics, further statistics and decision mathematics. In most areas the content will mirror first year university courses which include mathematical content. 

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 or 4 A levels including the facilitating subjects, is a mostly A*/B profile at GCSE, including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 5 maths and English.


Internal assessment will consist of chapter tests. homework and three mock examinations per academic year. 

External assessment will consist of 4 examinations, two pure mathematics and two options (mechanics, statistics or decision) at the end of both Year 12 and Year 13. 

Future opportunities

Further Mathematics qualifications are highly regarded and are warmly welcomed by universities. Students who take Further Mathematics are really demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies, as well as learning mathematics that is very useful for any mathematically rich degree.

Some prestigious university courses require you to have a Further Mathematics qualification and others may adjust their grade requirements more favourably to students with Further Mathematics.

Additionally, many top universities such as Cambridge. Oxford, Imperial College London and Warwick require applicants to take the even more advanced STEP, AEA and MAT exams, for which Further Mathematics is a great help. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Francis Combe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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