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Further Mathematics A Level at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

Course description

A Level Mathematics is challenging and exciting, and if you love algebra, reasoning and logic, it will suit you well. Learning Mathematics requires problem solving, discovery and a lot of determination. Students will only achieve success by ‘doing’ - answering Mathematics questions – lots of practice in and outside of lessons.

The A-level content is 100% prescribed, containing both Pure Mathematics (Algebra, Calculus and Functions), and Applied maths drawn from Statistics (Data and Probability), and Mechanics (Forces and Motion) 

Further Maths content contains 50% Compulsory Core Pure and 50% of optional content.

Course content

A-Level Maths content will include:

  • Pure Maths: proof; algebra and functions; coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane; sequences and series; trigonometry; exponentials and logarithms; differentiation; integration; vectors; numerical methods;
  • Statistics: statistical sampling; data presentation and interpretation; probability; statistical distributions; statistical hypothesis testing;
  • Mechanics: quantities and units in mechanics; kinematics; forces and Newton’s laws; moments.
  • Further Maths content in Year 12 will include: Decision Maths (algorithms and graph theory), Further Statistics (probability and distributions), and Further Pure Maths, (complex numbers, matrices and proof.)

Entry requirements

Further Maths requires GCSE Mathematics grade 8 or above. 


All exams take place at the end of Year 13, all calculator papers. Overarching themes of mathematical argument, language and proof, problem solving and mathematical modelling underpin all parts of the qualifications. The use of technology in the classroom is expected and some exam questions will be based on a large data set that will students will have access to throughout the course which will be used as part of classwork and homework.

Future opportunities

The Department is successful in preparing students for studying Maths and related areas such as Engineering, Finance, Computing and the Sciences via some of the top university courses or straight entry to employment or apprenticeships. Students can attend lectures and presentations on many applications of Maths in the real-world.

Our extra-curricular provision enables students to participate in a range of activities to enhance their experiences and employment or university prospects. These include supporting younger pupils, taking part in competitions such as code breaking and team challenges, Maths Inspiration Trips, and studying for additional examinations such as STEP.


Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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