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Further Mathematics, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

If you find Maths an interesting subject, enjoy solving problems and want to be challenged and stretched by investigating some of the topics that you met at GCSE at a higher level, then this subject will suit you. It’s also a good choice if you have a logical mind, want to develop your reasoning abilities and are planning to study Maths or a related degree at one of the top universities.

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in visits to local universities and we invite visiting speakers to give presentations in diverse areas such as Mountaineering, Aircraft design and writing Computer games. Each year a team from OSFC takes part in the UK Senior Maths Challenge. Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates are awarded to many participants.

Course content

Year 1

Further Pure 1: This module introduces topics not taught in the main syllabus: complex numbers, matrices, numerical methods, proof by induction, series and coordinate systems.

Mechanics 1 - This module contains focuses on the mathematical modelling of forces and motion.

Statistics 2 – This unit follows on from Statistics 1 and introduces the binomial and Poisson distributions, hypothesis testing and probability density functions.

Year 2

Further Pure 2 & Further Pure 3 – These modules follow on from Further Pure 1 and focus on topics including complex numbers, calculus, differential equations, matrices, vectors.

Mechanics 2 – This unit follows on from Mechanics 1 and introduces centres of mass, collisions, projectiles and, work and energy.


Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at


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Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

  • University of Manchester - Mathematics
  • University of Manchester - Computer Science
  • University of Aberdeen - Chemical Engineering
  • London School of Economics - Economics
  • University of Cambridge - Engineering
  • University of Oxford - Mathematics

Careers Destinations

  • Academia
  • Actuary
  • Engineer
  • Statistician
  • Software Development


Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Economics

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: 03 October 2017
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