Examination Board & Code : to be decided, see below
Length of Course : 2 Years to full A level
What is the new Further Maths A Level about?
Further Mathematics is a challenging qualification, which both extends and deepens your knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A level Mathematics.
New AS and A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics are being introduced in England for first teaching from September 2017. The changes include:
New linear structure: AS will be decoupled from A level, and all assessment will take place at the end of the course. Exam questions may draw on the content of the whole A level.
New emphasis: There will be more emphasis on problem solving, reasoning and modelling, and a requirement for the use of technology to permeate teaching and learning.
New content: The content of AS and A level Mathematics will be fixed. It will include pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics (including analysis of large data sets). There will be some choice in content for AS and A level Further Mathematics.
Is this course for me?
GCSE grade level 8 in Mathematics required. Students must have completed and handed in the induction homework. Anyone who was not at induction will be given the homework at the start of the course. Acceptance onto the A level Further Maths course is dependent on passing the competency test at the beginning of the year. This is based on the work in the induction booklet and includes skills that are essential to this A level. Students selecting this course will study A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics together over two years and will end up with an A level in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics (You do not need to select A level Mathematics as a separate option). There is a provision for students to take AS Further Maths exam, should they wish to discontinue with the A Level Further Maths course.
Where could it lead?
If you are planning to take a degree such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., or perhaps Mathematics itself, you will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics. Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many STEM degrees. Students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to such degrees far more straightforward.
Further Mathematics qualifications are highly regarded and are warmly welcomed by universities. Students who take Further Mathematics are regarded as demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies. Some prestigious university courses require students to have a Mathematics qualification and others may adjust their grade requirements more favourably to students with Further Mathematics.
What do other students say?
“Further Maths is challenging but the teachers and the help from the Mathematics Department makes it enjoyable & achievable.”
“Further Mathematics is appealing to the country’s top universities as it demonstrates the student’s ability to succeed in challenging environment.”
Draft structure of A level Further Mathematics
Please note: various Exam Boards have submitted their specifications to OFQUAL and are still awaiting accreditation. As a result we have been unable to decide upon the Exam Board. Please click to gain an idea of the structures proposed.