further mathematics

Sixth Form


Students who have gained grade 8/9 at GCSE Mathematics and completed the GCSE Further Mathematics course during Year 11 are encouraged to consider taking both Mathematics and Further Mathematics courses for A level.


Further Mathematics is a separate A level which can be particularly useful to students who wish to study mathematically based courses at higher education. Students wishing to take A level Further Mathematics must do so alongside A level Mathematics, thereby using two option blocks.


What is involved?

The course is comprised of 4 modules, 2 of which are in Core Pure Mathematics covering topics such as proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions and differential equations.


The remaining half is comprised of 2 other optional modules including Further Pure Mathematics 1 and 2, Further Statistics 1 and 2, Further Mechanics 1 and 2 and Decision Mathematics 1 and 2. A selection of combinations will be offered to cater for the cohort.


Why is it a useful qualification?

Apart from leading to Mathematics as a subject in its own right at degree level, which is much in demand by employers, Advanced GCE Mathematics is required by degree subjects as diverse as architecture and medicine. By including the applications units of Mechanics, Decision and Statistics the course is able to provide a knowledge base of mathematical concepts and techniques for pupils wishing to read an engineering discipline, or those going on to some form of business, management or research based course respectively.


Even if it is not used formally at higher education, the analytical and logical thinking processes and independent learning skills that will have been developed will be of great benefit in this informational and technologically fast paced world. Many of the leading universities also specify that students should have studied Further Mathematics to at least some degree, in order to study a mathematics related course. Therefore, students should research the requirements for their preferred universities early to ensure entry requirements are met.



Mr Preetesh Tank

Head of Mathematics

Preetesh graduated in 2010, with an BEng in electrical and electronic engineering from Loughborough University, before pursuing a career in teaching. He successfully completed a GTP in Secondary Math’s Teaching the following year.


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