Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 Years 3 Full-Time Bede Campus A-Levels

What’s it all about?

A-Level Further Mathematics extends and develops topics studied in the A-Level Mathematics course and is a significant benefit for any student who is considering a degree course or career in any area of Mathematics, Engineering, Physics or a related subject.

You’ll need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 5-9, with Mathematics being at least grade 7.

Study level Cost Additional fees
16-18 FREE You will need to provide your own stationery and mathematical equipment, including a suitable calculator - we recommend the Casio fx-991EX ClassWiz model.

This course is primarily classroom based and you will be taught through a progressive combination of theory lecture sessions, participation in engaging problem solving activities and independent study.

You will study three main themes in pure and applied topics throughout this two-year course; including mathematical argument, language and proof, mathematical problem solving and mathematical modelling. At the end of the course, you are assessed via four (equally weighted) examinations.

English and mathematics are very important subjects and will equip you with key skills that will help you to achieve your best in your a-level studies and progression towards your future career. In order to study a-level further mathematics, you will need to have achieved GCSE mathematics at a minimum of grade 7.

The Sixth Form day is 9am - 4.15pm, Monday - Friday.
You will study each of your subjects for 4hr 45min per week, across three separate lessons.
Your timetable will be determined by the combination of subjects that you study, and will be made available to you at the start of the academic year.

You are not required to be on campus when you do not have a timetabled lesson, although we would strongly recommend that you are. Making effective use of our learning facilities and resources, during such study periods, will ensure that you keep on top of your work and make significant progress in your studies, not to mention developing important time-management, organisation and independent-study skills.

In Year 12,you will study:
Matrix algebra
Complex numbers
Proof by induction & Series
Momentum, Collisions, Work, Energy & Power

In Year 13, you will study:
Differential equations
Further Complex numbers
Further Calculus
Hyperbolic Functions and co-ordinate systems
Further Mechanics

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What’s next?

Employers and universities value mathematics very highly and it is a pre-requisite subject for a huge number of degree courses. Further Mathematics is also desirable, in some cases required, by many top universities for mathematics, science andeEngineering courses, as well as Computing and economics. It is studied alongside A-Level mathematics.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

99.1% overall pass rate for A-Levels

(*Summer 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College for A-Levels?

We have a 100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects.

(*Summer 2019)

We offer the widest range of A-Level subjects in the region.

Our teaching staff are A-Level experts and specialise in teaching 16-19 year olds.

Our High Achievers programme supports gifted and talented students to reach their full potential by developing their skills and talents.

We have excellent pastoral and academic support from our dedicated sixth form staff.

We have an extensive enrichment programme and links with universities.


Actuaries, Economists and Statisticians

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Medium Salary

£ 39542

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