Entry Requirements for Mathematics Degrees

Some universities explicitly encourage students to take A or AS Further Mathematics by:

  • making it a requirement for entry;
  • differentiating the grades in their offer for students with Further Mathematics qualifications;
  • offering financial support to students with Further Mathematics qualifications;
  • including encouraging statements about the benefits of studying A or AS level Further Mathematics.

Below are some examples of the sorts of statements you will find when looking at university websites and prospectuses.(Whilst we try to maintain up-to-date information about the entry requirements for mathematics degrees, we strongly recommend visiting the university's own website for the most recent information.)


Courses requiring Further Mathematics


Warwick University

The standard offers for applicants taking A levels are one of:

  • A* (Maths), A* (Further Maths), A (third subject), grade 2 STEP
  • A* (Maths), A (Further Maths), A* (third subject)
  • A* (maths), A* (Further Maths), A* (third subject)
  • A* (Maths), A* (Further Maths), A (third subject), A (fourth subject)
  • Distinction in AEA is accepted instead of grade 2 in a STEP paper. We do not mind in which of the three STEP papers you achieve the grade 1 or 2. Distinction in AEA is accepted instead of grade 2 in a STEP paper.

    We believe that prospective students can best prepare to study Mathematics at university by taking STEP or AEA papers in addition to their other school-leaving examinations. The questions on these papers are closer to the style of mathematical thinking you will meet at university, and will help you develop mathematically. We therefore recommend, but do not insist, that applicants should take AEA, or at least one STEP paper.

    If your school does not offer Further Maths or cannot help with STEP, the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP) can help.



    Durham University

    Entry requirements are:

  • Suitable performance on the forthcoming University’s Admission Test* in addition to grades A* and A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-level or equivalent (A* for either), together with grade A in a third A-level or equivalent.
  • Alternatively, grades A*A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-level or equivalent, together with grade A in a third A-level or equivalent
  • Alternatively, 1 in any STEP in addition to grades A* and A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-level or equivalent (A* for either) together with grade A in a third A-level or equivalent
  • Alternatively, suitable performance on the University’s Admissions Test* in addition to grade A* in Mathematics and grade A in Further Mathematics at AS-level or equivalent, and two further A-levels at grade A.
  • *We strongly encourage applicants to sit the forthcoming University’s Admissions Test if it is available to them. For more information about this test visit the admissions page.



    University College, London (UCL)

    A*A*A, or A*AA and a 1 in any STEP paper or distinction in Mathematics AEA. Mathematics and Further Mathematics required at A*, or Mathematics at A* and Further Mathematics at A if STEP or AEA offered.



    Courses making differentiated offers


    University of York

  • AAB in three A levels, including A in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics, or
  • AAA in three A levels, including Mathematics plus A in Further Mathematics AS level.
  • AAA in three A levels, including Mathematics
  • We will offer you an interview if you present with a strong school performance and application form. Although the interview is not part of your offer and you do not need to attend, if you do, your offer could be reduced by one A Level grade or equivalent.



    University of Bristol

    The usual entry requirements are:

  • A*A*A including A* in Mathematics, plus at least one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics or Computer Science, or
  • A*AA including A* in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics
  • STEP achievement may be included as part of an alternative offer.



    Loughborough University

    AAA - AAB, including Mathematics at grade A. Applicants with any of the following will usually be given the lower offer (AAB): Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computing or Economics; Further Mathematics AS-Level at grade A; AEA or STEP in Maths.
    If you want to study Further Maths but your school or college is unable to provide tuition, you can find tuition through the Further Mathematics Support Programme.



    University of Bath

    Typical Offers: A*AA

    Double Mathematics:
    For applicants taking both A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics and STEP/AEA a typical offer is:

  • obtain grades A* in Mathematics, A in Further Mathematics and B in one further A-level subject plus at least 2/Merit in one STEP/AEA Mathematics paper.

  • If STEP/AEA is not taken a typical offer is:

  • obtain grades A* in A-level Mathematics, A in A-level Further Mathematics and A in one further A-level subject.

  • AS Further Mathematics:
    For applicants taking A-level Mathematics and AS Further Mathematics and STEP/AEA a typical offer is:

  • obtain grade A* in A-level Mathematics, grades A A in two further A-level subjects and grade A in AS Further Mathematics plus at least 2/Merit in one STEP/AEA Mathematics paper.

  • Single Mathematics:

  • obtain A* in A-level Mathematics with A's in each module, grades A* and A in two further A- level subjects plus at least 2/Merit in one STEP/AEA Mathematics paper. There should be a second scientific or quantitative subject preferably physics.

  • Further Information:
    Bath wishes to allow access to its courses in the mathematical sciences to applicants who are not able to take a full A level in Further Mathematics and will continue to make offers to exceptional candidates in this category. Accordingly we shall require such applicants to achieve at least Merit in Advanced Extension Mathematics or 2 in one STEP paper.

    Nevertheless we would like to encourage applicants to take Further Mathematics at A levels if possible, and to similarly encourage the taking of Advanced Extension papers or STEP papers for all applicants. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, having studied a wider mathematics curriculum and having attempted more demanding questions is an undoubted advantage in the transition to university mathematics. Secondly, it is very hard to assess an applicant's real mathematical potential unless they take the full A level Further Mathematics. In many cases an applicant's university place depends on their grade in Biology or Physics or English etc whereas we would prefer a better measure of mathematical ability.



    King’s College, London

    AAA including Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Further Mathematics will be accepted at AS Level grade A only if you additionally achieve a 3 in any STEP paper or a Merit in AEA Mathematics.
    The following are not required for entry, but you may find these useful further preparation for this degree:

  • study of mathematical mechanics and statistics
  • King’s also strongly encourages you to extend your mathematical interests by studying for the Advanced Extension Award or STEP
  • Performance in STEP or AEA will be taken into account should you narrowly fail to meet your A-level offer.



    Lancaster University

    Our minimum requirement for A Level applicants is that you should be studying at least three A Levels including A Level Mathematics. We encourage, but do not require, you to study A Level Further Mathematics as well - our standard offer is slightly lower for those taking A Level Further Mathematics.
    If it is not possible for you to study A Level Further Mathematics, think about studying AS Level Further Mathematics - the style of mathematics in Further Mathematics, especially Further Pure Mathematics, is similar to university mathematics and will be excellent preparation for further study.
    For the majority of our degrees, our offer will usually be as follows. Firstly, we require grade A or higher in either A Level Mathematics or A Level Further Mathematics. Secondly, we require that your grades from your best 3 A Levels satisfy one of the following conditions:

  • Your best 3 A Levels not including Further Mathematics, without Grade 3 or higher in any STEP, are AAA;
  • Your best 3 A Levels including Further Mathematics, without Grade 3 or higher in any STEP, are AAB;
  • Your best 3 A Levels not including Further Mathematics, with Grade 3 or higher in any STEP, are AAB;
  • Your best 3 A Levels including Further Mathematics, with Grade 3 or higher in any STEP, are ABB.


  • Leeds University

    For applicants taking A-levels, we always require at least Grade A in A-level Mathematics. If you are taking Further Mathematics at A-level or AS-level, we usually make an additional alternative offer.

    Typical offers are:

    • AAA or A*AB
    • AAB or A*BB, including Further Mathematics A-level
    • AAB or A*BB or A*AC, PLUS Grade A in AS-level Further Mathematics

    In all cases, the first grade quoted is the Mathematics A-level.



    University of Reading

    At the University of Reading we require candidates to have achieved at least a grade A at A level Mathematics. Our typical offer for our BSc Mathematics course is in the range AAB-ABB.

    If you are studying Further Mathematics at either A or AS level we will make an alternative offer of ABC with a grade A in A level in Mathematics and either a grade B in A level Further Mathematics or a grade A in AS level Further Mathematics.



    Courses offering scholarships and bursaries


    Plymouth University

    Scholarships
    There is a £500 automatic scholarship for students with a grade A* in A Level Mathematics plus £500 for an A in Further Mathematics up to a total of £1,000. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must put us as their first choice before the 1st of August. The scholarship is paid in term one of the first year. There are additional prizes and certificates to reward high marks in later years.



    University of Essex

    We give you £250 if you are taking Further Mathematics A-level, and you

  • put Essex as your firm UCAS choice, and
  • obtain an A*-B grade in Further Mathematics.
  • This award is in addition to any scholarship and is not affected by the grades you achieve in your other A-level subjects.