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Maths (Further): A-level

Qualification: A-level

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

Entry Requirements: Grade 7 or above in GCSE Maths.


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Consistently outstanding teaching and learning

Further Mathematics demands a real love for the subject–and that shines through from both our staff and students. In 2022, 100% of our students achieved grades A* to B in Further Mathematics. All of the students who completed A-level Further Mathematics, attained a grade A* in their Mathematics A-level.

Our experienced, committed and passionate teaching team ensure that students who take this subject get to stretch and challenge themselves. That includes providing extensive support to students all year round, to ensure they achieve success.

Silverdale is fortunate in having a range of enthusiastic and highly experienced A-level teachers who, between them, have over 100 years of experience of teaching A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.


The course

Further Maths is equivalent to two A-levels. It incorporates the entirety of the Maths A-Level and the more challenging Further Maths A-level. Students will begin covering roughly the same content as the Maths A-level, but at a significantly faster pace, to allow for the increased amount of content.

The Further Maths course both extends and deepens students’ knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A-level Maths. If you enjoy mathematics, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and/ or more sophisticated mathematical concepts. As well as learning new areas of pure maths you will study further applications of maths in mechanics.

Further Maths counts as two full A-levels, so students choosing it will take four A-levels in total. Further Maths students have a total of 16 lessons over the fortnight.

Beyond the classroom

Our Maths department has friendly, supportive staff who frequently run support sessions for students outside of class. Interventions and revision sessions are held near exam time on specific modules. Every year the department enters both individual students and teams in the national Maths Challenge competition.



Numerous students have gone on to study mathematics or a mathematics related degree at highly prestigious universities, with successful admissions to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

Mathematics helps us in all aspects of life, whether it be when we’re out shopping, adapting a recipe or general problem solving, so Mathematics will aid all students whatever path they choose to take. Students who enjoy Mathematics can go onto study any of the following courses at university: 

  • Mathematics
  • Any engineering related course
  • Any science related course
  • Any business/ economics course
  • Any computing courses

Also, many employers favour applicants who have a good mathematics background. Employers generally want to employ people who have shown that they can solve problems and a solid maths qualification provides this proof.