Some universities explicitly encourage students to take A or AS Further Mathematics by:
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.)
The standard offers for applicants taking A levels are one of:
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.
Entry requirements are:
*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.
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.
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.
The usual entry requirements are:
STEP achievement may be included as part of an alternative offer.
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.
Typical Offers: A*AA
For applicants taking both A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics and STEP/AEA a typical offer is:
If STEP/AEA is not taken a typical offer is:
AS Further Mathematics:
For applicants taking A-level Mathematics and AS Further Mathematics and STEP/AEA a typical offer is:
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.
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:
Performance in STEP or AEA will be taken into account should you narrowly fail to meet your A-level offer.
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:
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:
In all cases, the first grade quoted is the Mathematics A-level.
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.
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.
We give you £250 if you are taking Further Mathematics A-level, and you
This award is in addition to any scholarship and is not affected by the grades you achieve in your other A-level subjects.
Schools and Colleges can submit an online request to register with the Further Mathematics Support Programme. It is free to do so and there are many benefits.
To find out about the FMSP in your area please select a region from the map below: