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Further Mathematics A Level at Hugh Christie School

Course description

For progression to many courses at university it is important to have strong mathematics skills. For most science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree course A level Mathematics is a requirement and AS or A level Further Mathematics is often a preferred subject. Anyone applying to study a degree in a STEM subject should consider taking Further Mathematics to at least AS level as the additional content helps ensure a successful progression to university. AS Further Mathematics is accessible to most A level Mathematics students. Having A level Further Mathematics on your university application is a way to make it stand out.

“Those students who had studied further mathematics to A- or AS-level standard reported coping better with the mathematical content of the degree, and as such perceived that they required less additional support throughout their studies.” Institute of Physics ‘Mind the Gap’ report 2010 

“In general, [it’s] harder than expected, especially the mathematical aspects. I felt thoroughly unprepared for the mathematics involved coming from only having maths (no further maths) A-level. My peers who did study further maths were much better prepared.” Engineering student

A level Further Mathematics is fun and rewarding. It broadens your mathematical skills and promotes deeper mathematical thinking. You will be introduced to interesting new areas of pure mathematics such as complex numbers and apply mathematics in a wider range of contexts.

Course content

Advanced Subsidiary Assessment Units

The course is divided into three units: Further Pure 1, Decision 1 and then Decision 2, Statistics 2 or Mechanics 1.

Each of the three units are equally weighted at 1/3 of the final AS level.


Advanced Level Assessment Units

In addition to the units studied at AS Level the A Level course includes 3 further units.

The additional units are: Further Pure 2 and Decision 2, Statistics 2 or Mechanics 2

The core mathematics units involve the continued study of algebra and functions, trigonometry, numerical methods, co-ordinate geometry, mathematical proof; the further exploration into the vast world of calculus; and the introduction of vectors. 

The mechanics unit covers the study of how mathematics is applied to physical systems: vectors and their applications; kinematics, statics, and dynamics of a particle; and moments and forces.


Entry requirements

GCSE Mathematics grade 7. Students are required to have shown their ability to cope with the workload at AS level and to study independently. It is left to the discretion of the class teacher to recommend students for the Further mathematics course. Pupils need to be very self motivated as part of the course in delivered as on-line learning


Advanced Subsidiary Assessment Units

Assessment in June: 1 hour 30 minutes examination for each  of the units.


Advanced Level Assessment Units

Assessment in June: 1 hour 30 minutes examination for each of the units.

Future opportunities

Having A level Further Mathematics on your university application is a way to make it stand out. 

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us or your school/college careers staff. Full course details can be found on our

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: 22 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Fm

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