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Further Mathematics A Level at The Thomas Hardye School

Course description

This course provides a high level of challenge to students and it is appropriate for any student who is interested in studying mathematics or a related subject beyond school. There are over 80 students taking further mathematics at Thomas Hardye School; many of our successful Oxbridge candidates, across a range of subjects, have further mathematics A Level. It is a useful qualification for a range of degree subjects, including physics, engineering, chemistry and computing, and it is on the Russell Group list of facilitating subjects.

Students who study further mathematics must also take mathematics and two other A Level courses.

Course content


The content of mathematics and further mathematics will be taught together. Further pure mathematics includes the study of abstract concepts such as complex numbers and matrices as well as extending the topics covered in mathematics. Students can opt to specialise in different areas; options available include further statistics and mechanics, decision mathematics and more further pure topics. Students will be given a choice of these towards the end of the first year.


The second year of further mathematics stretches students’ thinking and pushes them to gain an in-depth understanding of several areas of mathematics. Students will be working on their options as well as continuing to study pure mathematics.


There are four exams, each one and a half hours long. The exams are Further Pure Mathematics 1, Further Pure Mathematics 2 and two papers covering a wide range of options.

Future opportunities

In year 13 we have enrichment lessons for further mathematics students to help with preparation for university entrance exams. Universities cannot specify that A level further mathematics is required for a course as not all schools/colleges can offer it, but having the qualification gives students an advantage over others in a wide range of courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2017
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