Further Maths at A Level is a potentially important step towards
preparation for studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics) degree courses and careers beyond school.
universities are reluctant to demand it (due to so few institutions offering
the course) this extension course is a very good first step on the ladder into
the STEM world. It obviously supports Mathematics and it would not be
possible to undertake a course in Further Mathematics without also signing on
for the Mathematics A Level. Having said all this, for gifted
mathematicians, it is the perfect opportunity to take this subject further for
its own sake, and delve into some exciting aspects of the world of higher
The course is a combination of Core Further Pure Mathematics
units and Applied Mathematics units, and some flexibility is built into the
course depending on the aspirations and strengths of the students studying it.
Our academic results in Further Mathematics are excellent. 100%
of students taking this course in 2012 scored A* or A grade.
To study Further Mathematics at A Level, students should have attained
an A* or A at IGCSE Mathematics. The course is very demanding and extensive and
is not suitable for anyone below this standard. Students should also be
studying A Level Mathematics.
Further Mathematics is a big advantage for anyone looking to go
on and study Mathematics or Physics at university, and it is highly recommended
for any engineering or scientific degree. Many of the pure sciences degrees
will be greatly assisted by an A Level in Further Mathematics. Mathematicians
work in science-based industries and scientific research, in financial
management and actuarial work, in software programming, in operational
research, and in many commercial, industrial, public sector and research roles
where they are in demand for their problem-solving, logical thinking and
20% of Alice Smith students each year go on to study Mathematics related
degrees at leading universities, mainly in the UK. Included in the 2012 cohort
of courses and destinations were Mechanical Engineering at Oxford, Architecture
at University College London, Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath
and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Bristol