The Mathematics Department at Newton Abbot College is incredibly supportive and will really go the extra mile to help us achieve the highest grades possible. The College as a whole is an encouraging environment and we are given all the resources necessary to achieve our potential.Luke Dawson, Year 12
Further Mathematics is a qualification which both broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in A level Mathematics. Further Mathematics is taken alongside an AS or A level in Mathematics.
Subject Specific Requirements
Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in English, a Grade 7 or above in Mathematics and Grade C (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications. Students will also need to be studying A Level Mathematics. Further Mathematics is only suitable for students with a strong motivation to study Mathematics.
What will I do?
Further Mathematics will broaden your understanding of the subject. We are looking forward to introducing you to some amazing concepts. For example, complex and imaginary numbers (widely used in electronic engineering and other fields; Matrices (used in 3D graphics and physical modelling) and inductive proof (a beautiful idea).
As well as these, you will study a selection of applied topics from the list below:
- Discrete and Decision mathematics - understanding algorithms used in the fields of operational research and computing. (For example the bubble sort and the quick sort);
- Statistics – the study and analysis of data;
- Mechanics – the mathematics of physics (forces, centres of gravity, collisions etc.).
What careers would this be suitable for?
Having a Further Mathematics A level identifies you as someone who has a high level of mathematical ability and has been trained in logical thinking and analysis. This is a big advantage in most areas of life, however, if you are interested in studying a mathematical subject at degree level (e.g. Mathematics, Engineering, Physical Sciences, Computing or similar) then you will find that many of the better universities often give lower offers to candidates with Further Mathematics.