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Further Mathematics AS level at John Henry Newman Catholic College

Course description

The AS Level Further Mathematics course consists of 3 units of study in Year 12. Mathematics is both an art and a science, and pure mathematics lies at its heart. Pure mathematics explores the boundary of mathematics and pure reason. It has been described as "that part of mathematical activity that is done without explicit or immediate consideration of direct application," although what is "pure" in one era often becomes applied later. Finance and cryptography are current examples.

Course content

FP1 – Introduction to complex numbers, matrices and infinite series.

D1 – Linear programming and algorithms

D2 – More linear programming and Game theory

Entry requirements

Students who wish to study AS Level Further Mathematics will need to have achieved a Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics. Students will be interviewed for a place on this course.


There are three examinations on the three units of study. Internal assessments will be taken regularly after each topic and each half term.

Future opportunities

Employers pay a premium for the problem solving and number crunching skills of A level mathematicians.  Careers include;

  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Accountancy
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Education
  • Business Management
  • Software Development

…to name just a few.

An applicant with A Level Mathematics is always preferred to an applicant without

Examples - University of Birmingham BSc Mathematical Economics and Statistics AAA BSc Mathematics AAA – Further Maths desirable MSci Mathematics A*AA BSc Mathematics with Study in Continental Europe A*AA including MFL

Further information

Visits to local universities to be part of maths challenges competing against local providers. Rich mathematical days exploring the use of mathematics in the real world.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 November 2018
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