A-Level Further Mathematics

Course Information

  • Course Code: 7856-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study mode: Full Time


A-Level Further Mathematics is suitable for someone who particularly enjoys mathematics and relishes a challenge. It will extend your knowledge gained in mathematics, enhance your problem-solving skills and give you an insight into a variety of areas of mathematics, which you would otherwise not encounter. It especially compliments physics since it gives greater knowledge of applied mathematics.

What will I study?

The Further Maths syllabus has more flexibility than the A-level maths specification in terms of the applied maths. The further pure content includes: complex numbers, matrices, curve sketching, proof by induction and further calculus methods. The topics are similar from first year to second year, so it’s a case of extending and deepening your knowledge of the methods. In the case of the applied maths you will study two from three areas: mechanics, statistics and decision maths. So you will further your knowledge of statistics and mechanics from A- level maths but you also have the chance to study decision maths which includes topics such algorithms, graph theory and critical path analysis. To achieve an AS-level further maths award you will sit up to three exams in the first year. For the full A-level award in further maths you will sit up to four exams in your final year.

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above with at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language. Please note for A-Level Further Mathematics you will need a grade 7 in GCSE Maths.

How will I be assessed?

A–Level further maths is exam based only. To achieve an AS – further maths award you sit up to three exams in the summer. However if you continue onto the second year these results are superseded by the full A – level further maths award and to achieve this you will sit up to four exams in the final year.

What can I do next?

Studying A-Level Further Mathematics is extremely useful since it compliments many other subjects especially Physics and Computing. If you wish to study a Maths related degree then studying further maths eases the transition between A-Level and higher education since it gives you a greater breadth and depth of Mathematical techniques.

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University Plus

For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a University Plus programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

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Academic Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn Sixth Form. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

Blackburn Sixth Form

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, Blackburn Sixth Form is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Blackburn Sixth Form student, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education.
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so.
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve.
  • A learning environment that is academic, friendly and safe.