Further Maths is designed for students with an enthusiasm for maths, many of whom will go on to degrees in maths, engineering, the sciences and economics. This counts as two subject choices and you will need to have achieved at least grade 7 in GCSE Maths. Most Further Maths students have achieved mainly As and A*s across the board in their GCSEs and the approach and pace reflect this.
Assessment is through examination only.
- Average point score* of 4.5 or above, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths.
- If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa.
- Grade A/8 or above in GCSE Maths.
- Grade A/7 will be considered in exceptional circumstances.
What will I study?
The qualification is both deeper and broader than A-Level Maths. As well as building on algebra and calculus introduced in A-Level Maths, the A-Level Further Maths core content introduces complex numbers and matrices, fundamental maths ideas with wide applications in maths, engineering, physical sciences and computing. The non-core content will cover statistics and mechanics to a deeper level than studied at A-Level Maths. The additional work in Pure Maths makes it a good choice for students with strong mathematical skills who are planning to study mathematics, physics or engineering at university, and for some courses in Maths (or subjects based on Maths) at Oxford or Cambridge and some of the other Russell Group universities, it is a requirement.
You will need a Graphic Display Calculator – the Casio FX-9750G-11 would be ideal.
What could I do next?
Further Maths is a good choice for students with strong mathematical skills who are planning to study Mathematics, Physics or Engineering at university, and for some courses in Maths (or subjects based on Maths) at Oxford or Cambridge and it is also a requirement at some of the other Russell Group universities.