A Level Further Mathematics is a challenging qualification, which both extends and deepens student knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A level Mathematics. As well as studying new areas of pure mathematics, students study further applications in mechanics, statistics and decision mathematics. If you’re planning to take a degree such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance or Economics, or perhaps Mathematics itself, you’ll benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics.
Further Mathematics qualifications are highly regarded and are warmly welcomed by universities. Students who take the subject are really demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies, as well as learning mathematics that is very useful for any Mathematics-rich degrees. Some prestigious university courses require you to have a Further Mathematics qualification and others may adjust their grade requirements more favourably to students studying it.
The skills gained from studying a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) subject at A level or degree level are in demand by employers. Graduates with STEM degrees earn on average 5% to 10% higher salaries than the mean for all graduates. A wide range of STEM and non-STEM subjects are underpinned by Mathematics. Having a broad mathematical knowledge and secure technical ability will help the transition from sixth-form to higher education. Together with good mathematical skills, employers are looking for the ability to work in a team, communicate effectively and show initiative.
If you’re undecided as to whether to study Further Mathematics, this website may prove helpful: http://furthermaths.org.uk/.