Further Mathematics A level

Awarding body: Edexcel

Course entry requirement: GCSE grade 8/9

Course description: Mathematics in the sixth form at St Thomas More Catholic School is offered at a variety of levels. This enables students to choose the course or level of qualification which best accompanies their other subject choices. Students can choose from; Further Mathematics, A Level Mathematics, and A/S Mathematics

Students who study Further Mathematics must also study Mathematics, which means they will have a particular interest and enjoyment in mathematics.

Qualification: AS Method of assessment: Examination

Duration: 1 year course 

Specification and units of study: Specification no.: 8FM0

Sixth Form Curriculum Further MathematicsPaper 1: Further Pure Mathematics 1

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 50% of the qualification 75 marks

Paper 2: Decision Mathematics

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 50% of the qualification 75 marks

Qualification: A-Level

Method of assessment: Examination

Duration: 2 year course

Specification and units of study: Specification no.: 9FM0

Paper 1: Further Pure Mathematics 1

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 25% of the qualification 75 marks

Paper 2: Further Pure Mathematics 2

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 25% of the qualification 75 marks

Paper 3: Decision Mathematics 1

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 25% of the qualification 75 marks

Paper 4: Further Statistics 1

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 25% of the qualification 75 marks

Opportunities for progression and career prospects:

Further Mathematics qualifications are highly regarded and are warmly welcomed by universities. Students who take Further Mathematics are really demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies, as well as learning mathematics that is very useful for any mathematically rich degree. Some prestigious university courses require you to have a Further Mathematics qualification and others may adjust their grade requirements more favourably to students with Further Mathematics

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, at least to AS level. AS 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