Mathematics Further

Further MATHEMATICS

(AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Further Mathematics)

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

A Level Further Mathematics is a separate qualification that can be taken in addition to taking A
Level Mathematics. Two thirds of the content will be Further Pure and the remainder will be from
options such as Mechanics, Statistics or Decision Mathematics.

Further Mathematics takes the pure maths to a greater depth, introduces discrete maths and
continues the study of statistics and mechanics. Further Mathematics is very much aimed at those
students who are thinking of studying maths, or a subject which is maths ‘heavy’, at university.
Further Mathematics cannot be taken by a student who is not also studying A Level Mathematics.
There is the option to sit the third examination on a combination of either Mechanics and Statistics,
Mechanics and Discrete or Statistics and Discrete.

In addition, there is also the option for students to complete the AS part of the course and sit the AS
exams at the end of Year 12 if they feel studying Further Maths as a 4th option is proving too much.

What qualifications do I need?

Further Mathematics is usually taken by students who have a grade 9 or grade 8, but cases where a
student has a good grade 7 at GCSE will be considered.

EQUIPMENT

A calculator that can perform calculations with statistical distributions and deal with 3×3 matrices is
essential for both Mathematics and Further Mathematics. The recommended calculator is the Casio
FX-991 EX, which will be available to purchase through the School. Students may also wish to
purchase a graphing calculator which can be useful for some sections of the course. Whilst these are
much more expensive, if students wish to pursue a degree in Mathematics it may be a worthwhile
purchase.

ASSESSMENT

The course is linear, with three two-hour examinations, taken at the end of Year 13.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

Mathematics qualifications are inevitably highly-regarded in many areas of work. Computer studies,
finance, engineering, logistics, management, science and systems analysis are all areas looking for
well-qualified mathematicians.