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Further Maths

Further Maths




Qualification type:

A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades):

Mathematics 7


Subject description:

Because of the importance of Mathematics, it is the only subject with a second A Level. Further Mathematics extends the standard of A Level Mathematics in both depth  and breadth.  Further  Mathematics gives the opportunity  to study exciting areas of mathematics, such as complex numbers, matrices and differential equations.


The topics covered will deepen your knowledge and understanding of both pure and applied mathematics as well as providing an introduction to those studied at degree level.


The content of the A Level Further Mathematics B (MEI) consists of a mandatory unit of Pure Mathematics and a Mechanics major unit and then one further optional minor unit in Statistics.


Pure Mathematics content includes: matrices, complex numbers, sequences and series, vectors, polar coordinates and hyperbolic functions.


Mechanics content includes: further kinematics, statics and dynamics including circular motion, Hooke’s Law and centres of mass.


Statistics  content includes:  discrete and continuous random variables, expectation algebra, the binomial and normal distributions, confidence intervals.


How the course is assessed:

There will be three exam papers at the end of the course to assess all the content:

  1. 1. Pure Mathematics, a 2 hr 40 min paper
  2. 2. Mechanics major option, a 2 hr 15 min paper
  3. 3. Statistics minor option, a 1 hr 15 min paper


Post-18 opportunities:

Further Mathematics will develop your problem-solving and analytical skills, which are highly valued by both employers and universities. Further Mathematics is strongly recommended for degrees in Mathematics, Physical Sciences or Engineering. It will also help increase your success at university in other maths-related subjects, such as computing and economics.


Teacher responsible:   Mr A Gemmell