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Further Mathematics A Level at Longsands Academy

Course description

Further Mathematics is about …

  • developing reasoning skills, generalising, and constructing mathematical proofs;

  • using an extended range of skills and techniques in more complex problem solving;

  • developing, refining and using mathematical models to explain ‘real-life’ problems.



New AS and A Levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics are being introduced in England for first teaching from September 2017. The change includes:

  • New linear structure: AS will be decoupled from A Level, and all assessment will take place at the end of the course. Exam questions may draw on the content of the whole A Level.

  • New emphasis: There will be more emphasis on problem solving, reasoning and modelling, and a requirement for the use of technology to permeate teaching and learning.

  • New content: The content of AS and A Level Mathematics will be fixed. It will include pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics (including analysis of large scale data sets) – see our comparison and summary. There will be some choice in content for AS and A level Further Mathematics.


Specifications are yet to be accredited but the draft specification for OCR MEI can be found here:


Students will be given access to the course textbooks an excellent Online Resources in support of their studies.


Many Sixth Form students make extensive use of ‘maths clinic’ which operates after school hours and enables them, twice weekly, to receive free additional help with their work from teachers in the Maths department.

Course content

Mathematics is not only a beautiful and exciting subject in its own right but also one that underpins many other branches of learning. This course is designed to make mathematics more accessible, interesting and relevant to a wide range of students. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on understanding rather than merely being able to do routine calculations.

Some students have accessed Further Mathematics more flexibly by following the course as an additional option supported by ‘Live interactive lectures’ through the Further Maths Support Programme, as well as in-house tutorials. This pathway is only suitable for students who have already demonstrated particularly high levels of achievement and aptitude through GCSE study. Naturally, we prefer students to study Further Maths as one of their options. Anyone wishing to explore a more flexible pathway should contact Mr Merson (email below) to establish options.

Entry requirements

Essential: a grade 7 at GCSE in Mathematics;

Students must also be studying or have already studied A Level Mathematics.

APS: 6.5

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other A Level courses and it could lead onto Higher Education in Mathematics or other related Higher Education courses. Many universities now expect students entering a Maths degree to have studied Further Maths already.

Further information

To find out more about further mathematics and/or extension opportunities, contact Mr Merson, Head of Maths at St. Neots Sixth Form Centre, via


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year