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What Will I Study?

If you really enjoy studying maths and generally attain high scores in your class tests and mock exams, then this could be the course for you. By studying Further Maths as well as Maths, you will learn about some exciting Pure Maths concepts such as Complex Numbers and Matrices. You will also extend your understanding of Statistics and Mechanics by learning about Hypothesis Testing and Collisions respectively.

A qualification in Further Mathematics will give you a significant advantage when applying to Maths, Physics or Engineering courses at some of the most prestigious universities in the country. You will study the whole of the A level Maths content in year 1 and then the additional Further Maths content in year 2.  If you decided that you only wanted to study an AS level in Further Maths by the time you finished year 1, that would be fine so long as your overall programme of study was large enough.  As a result, we insist that – if you are going to enrol onto the Maths & Further Maths option – you must enrol onto two other full A level subjects as well.  You can discuss this with a member of staff at the College when you come in for interview.

In year 1, you will study the whole of A level Mathematics, which comprises:

67% Pure Maths

16.5% Statistics

16.5% Mechanics.

In year 2, you will study the whole of A level Further Maths (or only AS level Further Maths if that is what you opt for at the start of your second year).

Whilst there is potentially some flexibility of units studied in Further Maths, it is most likely that we will agree with the class of students upon the following options:

2 units of Pure Maths

1 unit of Statistics

1 unit of Mechanics


All students on the Maths & Further Maths programme will study the full A level Mathematics in their first year at College.  At the start of their second year, students will then choose from the following options:

A level Further Maths

AS level Further Maths

Neither A level nor AS level Further Maths.  If you choose this option, you will transfer to a second year mainstream A level Maths class and revise the second year of the A level Maths content.

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When learning Maths, you need to do lots of practice questions to help embed the techniques and concepts. 

In lessons we will practice the techniques, and for homework these techniques will be applied to solving exam-style questions.

The weekly homework assignment will be a substantial piece of work, which will be an essential part of the course.

Assessment is through exams at the end of the two years.

Your exams for both courses – Maths and Further Maths – will be sat in May/June of the second year.

Further Mathematics is useful for students considering studying degree courses in Mathematics, Physics and Engineering.  At Oxford & Cambridge universities, it is effectively essential for these three degree courses.

There are usually two or three optional trips per year to lectures (targeted at A level Maths students) at Oxford University and elsewehere.

Recent trips and events include the following:

Stephen Hawking lecture at Oxford University

"Exploring Mathematics" seminars at Royal Holloway University

"Maths in Action" lectures at Warwick University

"Maths of the Brain" lecture at Oxford University

Senior Maths Challenges

The calculator (Casio FX991 EX) is required for A level Mathematics.  It is currently sold by the College shop for £24.  This cost may increase slightly by September 2018, but it won't be a significant hike in price.

The textbooks are available online.  However, many students find the online version a little awkward to use so are happy to invest in hard copies for themselves.  The cost of the textbooks via Pearson in October 2017 was as follows:

Year 1 Pure (ISBN 9781292183398)                                 £18.66

Year 1 Statistics / Mechanics (ISBN 9781292232539)       £9.32

Year 2 Pure (ISBN 9781292183404)                                 £18.66

Year 2 Statistics / Mechanics (ISBN 9781446944073)       £9.32

Further Maths Core Pure (ISBN 9781292183336)            £18.66

Further Statistics 1  (ISBN 9781292183374)                     £18.66

Further Mechanics 1  (ISBN  9781292183312)                  £18.66

Further Pure Maths 1  (ISBN  9781292183350)                 £18.66

We were able to get a significant discount for students by bulk buying in September 2017.  However, we cannot be confident we will get such a discount in future.

Minimum grade 7 in GCSE Maths.

In order to be confident about continuing onto A level Further Maths in year 2, you will need to have made very good progress in the A level Maths content studied in year 1.

Recent trips and events include the following:

Stephen Hawking lecture at Oxford University

"Exploring Mathematics" seminars at Royal Holloway University

"Maths in Action" lectures at Warwick University

"Maths of the Brain" lecture at Oxford University

Senior Maths Challenges

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No, you are not required to have a graphical calculator.  However, you would find one useful.  If you do wish to buy one, we would recommend the Casio FX-9860Gii.

The calculator required for the course (Casio FX991 EX) is not a graphical calculator.

No.  You will sit 6 exam papers at the end of the second year.  Three for A level Maths and three for A level Further Maths.

Mathematics and Further Mathematics is a set of two courses which will result in two distinct A level qualifications:  A level Mathematics;  and A level Further Mathematics.

You will have 6 lessons of Maths per week, rather than 3 lessons pw if you study the standard A level Maths course.

You will study the whole of A level Maths in the first year and the whole of A level Further Maths in the second year.  All exams, for both courses, will be sat at the end of the second year.

Many students who study A level Further Mathematics have previously studied an Additional Maths qualification at school.  Hence, if the Additional Maths qualification is available at your school, we would strongly encourage you to take it up.  If you haven’t studied such a qualification and you only attain a grade 7 in GCSE Maths, you are likely to find aspects of the Further Maths course particularly challenging.

Given the above, we strongly recommend that you aim for a grade 8 or 9 in GCSE Maths, if you are hoping to study the Maths & Further Maths course.

Study Further Mathematics because it is extremely interesting, very challenging and incredibly satisfying when you apply various complicated techniques to a complex problem and end up with the correct answer! If you are considering studying Mathematics, Physics or Engineering at university, Further Mathematics introduces some of the more advanced mathematical concepts you will need. It is extremely useful, and in some cases essential, if you want to do a Mathematics, Physics or Engineering degree at one of the most prestigious universities in the country.

Progression and Career Opportunities

People with maths and science skills are in demand. People with maths and science skills earn more. Starting salaries for science sector jobs can be as much as £32,000, putting them in the top 20% of starting salaries. People who did maths A-level earn around 10% more over their lifetime than those who did not.

Career Opportunities:

  • Data Analyst
  • Investment Analyst
  • Software Engineer
  • Statistician
  • Accountant
  • Financial Manager


Higher Education 93%

Employment/apprenticeships 7%

Hamish Siddons

Zoe Mitchell

(the above two students are listed on the Mathematics A level page and the Further Maths A level page too, so ensure you don't duplicate your contact with them)