A level

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2 years full-time




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If you're driven by intellectual curiosity and wish to enhance your understanding of A-level Maths by studying this beautiful and creative subject at an even higher level, this is the further education course for you.

Designed to enhance your maths understanding by studying complex maths topics that are not covered by A-level Maths, you will cover complex numbers, algebra, vectors and matrices along with options that include statistics or mechanics. You will also develop the idea of mathematical algorithmic modelling to solve a vast range of challenging real-life problems.    

This is a subject enormously valued by universities and employers, helping students enhance their skills in problem solving and develop an appreciation for mathematical beauty. On completion, you can go onto a mathematics-related degree, onto an apprenticeship or go directly into industry. 

Why choose A-levels at our sixth form centre?

  • PREPARE FOR UNIVERSITY AT A UNIVERSITY – We can provide you with relevant work placements, masterclasses, guest speakers, trips and more
  • AWARD-WINNING SUPPORT – We have won national awards for our student support, which our sixth form students can tap into, from tailored academic support to financial assistance and health and wellbeing services
  • OUTSTANDING LEARNING FACILITIES - We have invested £5.5 million into our brand-new sixth form centre, which includes lecture theatres, classrooms, science and computer labs, practical training facilities and open study spaces
  • MOVE UP TO UNIVERSITY – Want to keep studying at a higher level? This A-level will support your progression to degree level
Find out more about our sixth form centre and our vision for our A-level students. View video.

Course breakdown

To achieve your Further Maths A-level, you must study the following topics:

Further Pure Maths 

  • Group theory 
  • Complex numbers 
  • Linear algebra 
  • Calculus 
  • Differential equations

Further Mechanics

  • Momentum 
  • Kinematics 
  • Circular motion 
  • Moments 


Further Statistics 

  • Random variables 
  • Poisson distribution 
  • Continuous random variables 
  • Hypothesis tests 
  • Confidence intervals

Decision and Discrete Mathematics

  • Networks 
  • Linear programming 
  • Critical path analysis 

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • You will need 4 GCSE at grade 5 or above, including a grade 7 in GCSE Maths to study this A-level.

Supporting documents required

  • School applicants will be required to provide a school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.

Guaranteed progression

Students who achieve 56 UCAS points or more from this qualification will automatically be guaranteed a place on a degree course at University College Birmingham. Some undergraduate courses require additional entry requirements, so applicants are advised to check entry requirements before applying.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through written exams at the end of two years.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

We are creating something unique and special for Birmingham and I am delighted you are considering us for your next steps. Studying A-levels requires discipline and determination, but it is also incredibly rewarding, offering you a deep insight into the subjects you choose to study. Sixth form is also an opportunity for you to discover what’s important to you and how you want to make your mark on the world. Our aim is to support and challenge you through this, while developing your character and widening your horizons so you flourish, professionally and personally. 

Rebecca Tigue Sixth Form Centre Principal

What will this course prepare you for? 

Maths enhances and deepens your knowledge and will better prepare you for any mathematically-rich degree or STEM subject, or top tier Russell Group universities, many of which favourably adjust their grade requirements for those students who have studied Further Maths at A-level. 

Further Maths is ideal for those wishing to be an actuary, astronomer, chartered accountant, data scientist, research scientist, engineer or statistician. 

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.


Average Salary: £40,000

Chartered accountant

Average Salary: £52,000

Data scientist

Average Salary: £55,000

Research scientists

Average Salary: £39,000


Average Salary: £42,000


Average Salary: £39,000


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 


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