Promoting Further Mathematics

Students who enjoy mathematics and who plan to study AS/A level Mathematics in year 12 should have the opportunity to consider studying AS/A level Further Mathematics.

Similarly, students in year 12 who decide they want to study for a degree in a mathematically-rich subject area such as engineering, science, computing, finance/economics, and mathematics itself, should also have the opportunity of AS Further Mathematics in year 13.

Schools and colleges can help provide information and raise awareness about the benefits of studying A level Further Mathematics. The FMSP can support schools and colleges to promote the uptake of Further Mathematics.

Advantages of studying Further Mathematics

Students need to be made aware of the advantages that studying Further Mathematics can give them.

The following are some successful strategies used by schools/colleges to generate interest and enthusiasm, and boost recruitment for Further Mathematics.

  • Displays highlighting careers making use of Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Please see our Careers page for more information.
  • Providing information about degree courses in mathematically-rich subjects where Further Mathematics is essential or highly desirable. Please see our Universities section for more information about entry requirement.
  • Extending and enriching the GCSE Mathematics curriculum. For example, offering AQA level 2 certificate in Further Mathematics or OCR FSMQ Level 3 Additional Mathematics alongside the study of GCSE Mathematics introduces students to more advanced topics and helps to build their confidence and enthusiasm for mathematics.
  • Organising and/or attending enrichment events and activities helps to generate interest in mathematics and provides students with information about careers and progression to university. The FMSP organises a variety of enrichment events for Key Stage 4 students across the country. Please see our Enrichment page for more information or look at the enrichment events listed for your region.

  • Your local FMSP Area Coordinator organises enrichment events for students designed to promote the study of Mathematics and Further Mathematics post-GCSE. If your school is registered with the FMSP then you will receive information about these events. It may also be possible to arrange for someone to come to your school/college to speak to your students. Please contact your local FMSP Area Coordinator if you would like to discuss this.

    For a list of reasons for students to study Further Mathematics, please see the Why study Further Maths? page.