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Further Mathematics A Level (Block A) at St John's Catholic Comprehensive School

Course description

The Mathematics department at St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School offers students the option to study ‘Further Mathematics. This is designed for the most able and those wishing to pursue Maths at the highest level. Further Maths is equivalent to 1st Year degree level Maths. It builds upon Maths AS/A level and takes the subject deeper and wider.

A Level Further Mathematics includes Pure Maths, Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Mathematics. There is a common core plus two optional units. 

The courses on offer include Further Pure (FP) Maths, Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Maths.

Please Note:  Further Maths cannot be taken without opting for Maths A Level too.


Course content

The specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of Maths:

Further Pure 1 and 2 are core units which all students must take.

■ Further Pure 1 – Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors

■ Further Pure 2 – Complex numbers, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations

Students are also required to take two options

■ Option 1: one of 3A: Further Pure Mathematics 3, 3B: Further Statistics 1, 3C: Further Mechanics 1 or 3D: Decision Mathematics 1

■ Option 2: one of 4A: Further Pure Mathematics 4, 4B: Further Statistics 1, 4C: Further Statistics 2, 4D: Further Mechanics 1, 4E: Further Mechanics 2, 4F: Decision Mathematics 1, 4G: Decision Mathematics 2


Mathematics brings a lot of scientific theory and thinking together, and a good AS/A-Level grade in the subject demonstrates that a student can apply themselves in analytical thinking, practical skills and scientific writing; all of these qualities are highly prized in today’s competitive job market.


You will gain:

■ Essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.

■ A deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of Mathematical methods.

■ Competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.


Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs A*- B including at least a Level 6 in GCSE Maths. Students must also have GCSE English Language (Level 5 or higher)

N.B. Any student achieving a Level 6 in GCSE Maths and not higher will be required to successfully complete a workbook between examination results day and the start of the course.

*You must have Maths A Level as one of your choices, in order to take Further Maths.


All students will be entered for AS at the end of Year 12. There are two papers. The first paper is Further Pure Maths, the second paper is an option (Further Pure, Further Mechanics, Further Statistics, Decision Maths).

For A level Further Mathematics, there are four papers. The first paper is based upon the AS Further Pure Maths content but at A level standard. The second paper is on additional Further Pure Maths not included on the AS. The third and fourth papers are the options, as listed above

Future opportunities

Career / Higher Education Links Students considering going on to do a degree course with a high mathematical content would greatly benefit from doing Further Mathematics. A qualification in Further Mathematics is valued highly by employees in many branches of Science, Technology and Engineering, and will also support courses in areas such as Economics or Business and Finance. Furthermore, it is a clear indication of a person’s ability to think logically and systematically, solve complex problems and to analyse and make sense of large quantities of complex information. Therefore, this is a valuable qualification for anyone, no matter what area their future career aspirations lie in. As of late, it is a very prestigious qualification to have, if you are considering applying to an institution where there is a lot of competition for places.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Catholic Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2018
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