Mathematics (Further)

  • AS/A Level
  • OCR (MEI)
  • Entry requirements: GCSE Mathematics good grade 7 or above plus teacher reccomendation on suitability. NB: you must also study A Level Mathematics
  • Goes well with: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Computer Science, Psychology

Extend your knowledge of Mathematics in breadth and depth and be fully prepared for degree courses in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering and other disciplines. This course is essentially for the most able Mathematicians but is accessible for all students who are excited by Mathematics and are eligible to study A Level Mathematics.

In Year 12 you will study essential pure mathematics topics including complex numbers, proof by induction, and matrices. You will also study applied mathematics - this may include discrete mathematics, further mechanics or further statistics or continuing to develop skills in numerical methods.

In Year 13, you continue to study a range of pure mathematics and applied mathematics content. This includes hyperbolic functions, differential equations and polar coordinates alongside further applied content.

It will be possible to study an AS Further Mathematics course in Year 12 or in Year 13.

If you are intending to study for a STEM degree at university, then it is recommended to study at least AS Further Mathematics. Having covered some of these new topics before meeting them in your first mathematics courses will give you confidence and help you succeed at university.

Students will require a graphical calculator for this course. We will recommend which model to buy prior to the course commencing.

Depending on numbers enrolled for the course, the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme offer online tuition with support in school (currently around 4 hours a fortnight).

“Studying Further Mathematics this year has been a challenging but fulfilling experience. It supplemented my other studies so much more than I could have thought and has made me into a far more well rounded mathematician. Despite its intimidating reputation as a subject, once started it is nice to realise it isn't just the incomprehensible hieroglyphics some people make it out to be. The Cooper School has experienced and supportive teachers which helped our small class every step of the way and made the course incredibly enjoyable as a whole.”