The Further Pure Mathematics module covers Complex Numbers, Numerical Solutions of Equations, Coordinate Systems, Matrix Algebra, Series and Proof by Induction.

The Decision module introduces Algorithms, Graphs and Networks, Route Inspection, Matchings, Linear Programming and Critical Path Analysis.

By studying Mechanics 1, pupils learn about Vectors, Kinematics, Statics and Dynamics of a Particle and Moments. These modules extend and complement the Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1 modules which are studied in parallel in the Mathematics AS level.

By studying Further Mathematics, pupils gain a broader and more in-depth knowledge of a variety of fields of Mathematics.

In addition, students learn highly transferable skills such as logic, independent thought and problem solving.

Wherever possible pupils apply their knowledge to real-world problems. Further Mathematics is highly regarded by universities and future employers, and any student considering applying for courses with a high mathematical content (such as Physics or Engineering) and/or competitive entry, will be at an advantage if they were to choose Further Mathematics as an A Level option.

If a student is planning to take Further Maths, confidence with their algebraic skills at 7-9 level is even more important. You must also have a genuine enthusiasm for the subject â€“ it will form half of your load of AS level study. Some strong students however, can be liable to underestimate their skills and assume that you can only take Further Maths if you are a genius. Again, if you are in doubt, your teachers are best placed to advise them on whether you are likely to be able to do well in the subject.

Strong students who are potentially considering degrees in disciplines such as Maths, Physics, Economics or Engineering at University are strongly advised to research university course requirements at this point. Students sometimes decide not to take Further Maths at A level because they are finding it difficult to choose between subjects, but realise too late that Further Maths is becoming a much stronger expectation for such courses at good universities.