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Further Mathematics A Level at West Lakes Academy

Course description

Through studying Further Mathematics A Level, learners will extend and deepen their knowledge of proof, algebra, functions, calculus, vectors and differential equations studied in A Level Mathematics.

They will also broaden their knowledge into other areas of pure mathematics that underpin the further study of mathematics and other numerate subjects with complex numbers, matrices, polar coordinates and hyperbolic functions.

Course content

The qualification is both deeper and broader than A Level mathematics. A Level Further Mathematics build from GCSE level and A Level mathematics.

As well as building on algebra and calculus introduced in A Level mathematics, the A Level Further Mathematics core content introduces complex numbers and matrices, fundamental mathematical ideas with wide applications in mathematics, engineering, physical sciences and computing.

The non-core content includes different options that can enable students to specialise in areas of mathematics that are particularly relevant to their interests and future aspirations.

A Level Further Mathematics prepares students for further study and employment in highly mathematical disciplines that require knowledge and understanding of sophisticated mathematical ideas and techniques.

Entry requirements

At least 5 grade A*-C GCSEs, including a GCSE 4 in English.

It is desirable to have achieved at least grade 8 in GCSE Maths.


Assessment will be by way of written examination papers taken at the end of the second year of study. The total examination time will be in the region of six hours but the length of individual papers taken will vary according to the option choices made.

Future opportunities

Further maths is for those fascinated by mathematics who wish to study further than the basic A Level.

The course is designed so that, alongside the A Level maths course, students have developed a broad understanding of all aspects of the post-16 maths curriculum - enabling them to be fully prepared for any subsequent study/application in the future.

Students will be expected to carry out substantial amounts of independent study. Further maths is seen as an essential qualification to study many heavily maths-based degree courses at the most competitive universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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