Further Mathematics A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Code FM_Pearson
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The A Level mathematics qualification offers a four-paper model with defined content and calculator usage allowed in all papers.

  • Paper 1 Core Pure Mathematics 1 & Paper 2 Core Pure Mathematics 2
  • Proof, Complex Numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further Calculus, Further vectors, Polar Coordinates,
  • Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations.

Extra-curricular activities include opportunities to complete the UKMT Senior Maths individual and team challenges, receiving talks from lecturers and guest speakers and the opportunity to take part in a peer maths mentoring scheme. We highly encourage Maths students to undertake work experience within the following sectors if they wish to pursue a career within Mathematics: accountancy, banking and finance, education, physical sciences, life sciences, medicine and health, business consultancy, operational research, economics or engineering.

Paper 3 Decision Mathematics 1

Algorithms and Graph theory, Critical path analysis and linear programming

Paper 4 Decision Mathematics 2

Transportation problems, Allocation problems, Flows in networks, Dynamic programming, game theory,

recurrence relations and decision analysis.


Pure Core Mathematics develops the underlying skills of algebra and geometry learnt at GCSE and within the A Level Mathematics course. By the end of this course students should be able to use their mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts, and communicate the

mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly.

Applied Mathematics develops the skills of decision making using Mathematical models. By the end of this course students should be able to represent situations mathematically and understand the relationship between problems in context and mathematical models that may be applied to solve them.

How will it be delivered?

All papers carry equal weighting and are assessed by a 1 ½ hour written examination with 75 marks in each paper.

Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4 (including English and Science) and with Maths at a minimum grade 9.  Students wishing to study A Level Further Mathematics must also be studying A Level mathematics.

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Mathematics has close links with the Sciences and Technology and applications in Social Sciences and Psychology. If combined with Humanities and Languages, it will provide a balance of qualifications that is valued by universities and employers alike. Studying both Mathematics and Further Mathematics will provide a strong background to go on to study Mathematics at a higher level as well as supporting a range of other further studies.