Why choose Further Mathematics?

Further Mathematics gives students a deeper and broader knowledge of Mathematics, both Pure and Applied. It is particularly useful for students preparing for courses at university in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics and Computing. It is looked on very favourably by the top universities. Students should be strong mathematicians and have achieved a grade 8 or above at GCSE. Students must also enjoy the challenge of problem solving.

Resources and Facilities

Students will have access to:

  • Approved text books and Moodle resources.
  • Suite of teaching rooms equipped with data projectors and interactive boards

Teaching and Learning Styles

Students are taught by well qualified teachers in a variety of ways including; example-led whole class teaching, individual work on exercises from text books or worksheets, paired or group work on matching activities or problem solving, watching video clips using online teaching resources, graphical calculators and computer software. A substantial amount of individual work is expected outside of lessons which should match the amount of contact time in class.

Extra-curricular Activities

Extension activities are available to all Maths students by enrolling in the Maths Academy. Anyone wishing to pursue a Higher Education course in Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science or similar would benefit from attending the Maths Academy in addition to Mathematics lessons. The activities include:

  • Participation in the Senior Mathematics Challenge/Maths Olympiad
  • Exploration of various enrichment topics such as Infinity, Group Theory, Probability Simulation and Fitting Curves to Data
  • Preparation for specialist mathematics examinations, required by some universities, in the second year


The Further Mathematics course will cover pure mathematics, statistics, and mechanics. Students will have the opportunity to take the AS exam at the end of the first year. The A Level is assessed by examinations at the end of the second year. The A Level course assesses the knowledge from the first year and develops and extends many topics in the second year.

Progression Opportunities

Further Mathematics students tend to go on to university to study Mathematics as a single/joint honours or to study Physics, Engineering or a course with a substantial mathematical content.

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Alison Sprague

Further Mathematics - Pershore High School
I chose to study at Worcester Sixth Form College because I wanted to have a bit more freedom and flexibility than a school could provide. I’m taking Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry and I’m hoping to study Maths at degree level. I am participating in the Ambition Programme, which inspired me to apply to a Russell Group university. I’ve also taken advantage of the STEP Maths classes, which are really helping me prepare for the additional maths papers that are required to access my chosen degree course. I’ve found the staff to be friendly and supportive, and I’m really pleased I chose to come here.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Further Mathematics8If you have a grade 7 in Maths you will be advised on an individual basis.Minimum of scientific calculator with statistical distribution function required: approx. £25

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