A Level Further Mathematics

Sandbach College

Why study this course?

This course is studied alongside Mathematics A level and is ideally suited for those students with a genuine love of solving challenging problems and who intend studying Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or Programming at university.

What will I learn on this course?

You will be introduced to advanced concepts and techniques, such as complex numbers, matrices and vectors, and how they relate to real life applications. You will also cover a relatively new branch of Mathematics investigating algorithms, game theory and critical path analysis which is used widely in industry.

Examinations & Coursework

At the completion of the A Level course (Year 13) the student will sit 4 papers.

  • Paper 1 – Pure content (1 hour 30 minutes, 75 marks)
  • Paper 2 – Pure content (1 hour 30 minutes, 75 marks)
  • Paper 3A – Further Pure Mathematics 1(1 hour 30 minutes, 75 marks)
  • Paper 4D – Decision 1 (1 hour 30 minutes, 75 marks)

Each paper is worth 25% of the overall mark.

There is no coursework.

Potential career paths

An A level in Further Mathematics can lead into a number of different career paths. Students go on to study Mathematics at university, but others opt for courses with a large amount of mathematical content, such as Physics or Engineering. More than this, employers value a qualification in Mathematics as it demonstrates a logical and analytical approach to solving problems.

Enrichment opportunities

A level Mathematics students can attend external lectures, visit university departments, work with younger students in class and in clubs to develop their confidence in Mathematics, support an EPQ with a mathematical focus and prepare for university entrance exams.