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Course Code: NFAMF011

Course Level: Level 3

Study Mode: Full-Time

Course Type: A Levels and A+ Programmes

Course overview

Take your mathematical abilities to new heights with our A Level Further Mathematics course. Designed for students with a passion for mathematics and a strong aptitude for problem-solving, The aim of the course is to give you a very broad and in-depth mathematical experience. Through rigorous study and challenging problem sets, students develop a deep understanding of mathematical theory and its practical applications.

For example, in the standard A Level you may only study limited Statistical and Mechanical topics, but in Further Maths not only are these topics extended, you may also look at other areas of Maths such as Numerical Methods and Algorithms.

All A Level Maths content will be studied. Topics covered will include Pure: Trigonometry, Calculus, Methods of Proofs, Numerical Methods. You will be able to create, analyse and interpret a variety of functions algebraically and graphically. In Applied Maths you will apply equations of notion and Newton’s three Laws of Motion to solve problems in one and two dimensions. In Statistics you will apply various formulae to interpret and analyse data generally, and data distributed uniformly, binomially or normally. You will solve problems and real-world situations by hypothesis testing across different distributions and also involving correlation / bivariate data.

You will build on A Level skills and knowledge to develop further and deeper knowledge and problem solving skills. In Pure, you will discuss different co-ordinate systems, more forms of trigonometry, and dive further into applying important formulae and theorems developed by many of the great mathematicians of history.

You will have two core modules, Pure, and you will be given a choice of two optional module components, from a choice of Further Pure, Mechanics, Statistics or Decision Maths. Each of these modules can play important roles in degree courses including Sciences, Engineering courses, Economics, Psychology, Computer Science and Business/Accounting courses. Your lecturers will be able to guide you to the most appropriate module(s) best matching your future course aspirations

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including maths and English Language, in subjects relevant to your A Level or A+ Programme subject choices.

You should also have GCSE grade 7 or above in Maths. A Level Further Maths must be studied alongside A Level Maths.

The examining body that we use is Edexcel. It is intended that there will be three exam papers at the end of the second year. There is no coursework element.

The aim of the course is to provide a broad experience of maths which is likely to underpin aspects of most (if not all) degree level Science and Engineering courses. Many of the topics covered in Further Maths A Level will be studied in-depth, possibly as far as second year degree level in Maths. This provides a head-start to those students wanting to follow a Maths degree but also to be on an equal footing with the majority of students who study Physics, for example, or Maths, or many other science-based subjects at Oxbridge.

If you wish to find out more you can contact Stefn Dreaves, Subject Leader, by emailing:

Further Mathematics is a highly regarded A Level and many doors of opportunity are open to you if you gain a qualification in this subject. Many of our students go on to university to read subjects such as Engineering, Mathematics, Law, Economics or Computer Science but there are also students who use the qualification to give them an edge in gaining employment and/or apprenticeships.

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group, please contact Charlotte Robertson on 01782 254141 or email

College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £26,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit


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achieved A*-B in 2023


What else do I need to know?

NSCG is a great environment for learning Mathematics. We have a highly dedicated team with vast experience of teaching A Level students. You will have opportunities to expand your study to different areas of Mathematics as you see your interests develop. We are able to offer a wide range of modules. It is worthwhile studying Further Maths for a variety of maths-based university courses, and it is essential for studying Maths and/or Engineering at some universities.

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