Information for Parents

Information for Parents

For more information about FMSP Wales please see our Further Maths: A Parents Guide leaflet

Mathematics is the only A-level subject which offers two A Level qualifications - Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

In their ‘Informed Choices’ guide under “What subjects give you the most options” the Russell Group of 24 leading UK Universities lists Maths and Further Maths at the top. Thus your son/daughter may want to take both subjects at A-level.

“High level maths skills open doors to so many careers for our learners and we must support them to get the skills they need to succeed” Wales Education Minister Huw Lewis.

What is Further Mathematics?

  • Further Mathematics is an AS/A Level course and is designed to be learnt alongside Maths in Year 12, but can be taken as an AS Level in Year 13;
  • Further Mathematics can be taken as an AS level course comprised of 3 Modules or as a full A level comprised of 6 Modules (across 2 years) – these modules include Further Pure, Mechanics & Statistics.
  • The benefits for your child

    Further Maths qualifications are highly regarded and are warmly welcomed by universities. Some Russell Group University degree courses now require a Further Maths qualification, others may adjust their grade requirements more favourably to students with Further Maths.

  • Further Maths makes students’ achievement at standard A-Level Mathematics stronger. It broadens, deepens, consolidates and reinforces the standard A level Mathematics work.
  • Further Maths enables students to develop a better skill set. The qualification demonstrates excellent analytical skills. “Mathematics provides you with a broad range of skills in problem solving, logical reasoning and flexible thinking. This leads to careers that are exciting, challenging and diverse in nature” Cardiff University.
  • It opens up the choice of University. “Further Mathematics studied to at least AS Level is essential for admission to read Mathematics at Cambridge and highly desirable for Computer Science, Economics, Engineering and Physical Natural Sciences.” University of Cambridge. “The University is prepared to be more flexible with students who have studied Further Mathematics but have not met the standard offer” Professor Ashwin, Exeter University.
  • Helps the transition from A-Level to Degree level study.
  • Wide variety of Careers for those with a background in Mathematics:

    Business (Logistics, Financial Analysis, Market and Operational Research), Finance (Insurance, Pensions, Accountancy, Actuarial work, Banking), IT (Systems analysis, Programming), Medicine (Researchers, Statisticians), Engineering (Building Design, Transport Planning, Telecommunications) and Scientific Jobs (Biotechnology, Meteorology, Oceanography)

  • Students overwhelmingly find Further Maths to be an enjoyable, rewarding and stimulating experience. They meet and work with like-minded students from across the region who enjoy mathematics. They will taste a more independent style of learning, which is good preparation for university and future careers.

    They will find out more about University by visiting and attending events held at University campuses.

    How Further Mathematics can be studied?

    Since 2010 the number of sixth form centres offering Further Mathematics has increased in Wales. Although not all schools or colleges offer Further Mathematics year after year many institutions find ways of helping their students. Please check with your school if one of these options may be available for your child:

  • Timetabled option – Further Maths held during the teaching day, may be part of a consortium (teaching held at a number of locations).
  • Un-timetabled option (but available at school/college) - Further Maths held during lunch times and after school hours.
  • FMSP Wales tuition - If your child's school/college does not offer Further Maths they may be able to get access to AS/A level Further Mathematics tuition through a FMSP Wales Tutor. Tuition is available both online and face-to-face.
  • No tuition fee applies to students or parents.

    Many schools offer a combination of the above to deliver full A-level Further Mathematics tuition.

    Parents/students should contact the school/college directly if they would like to take Further Maths though the FMSP Wales. The key contacts may include the Head of Mathematics, Sixth Form Coordinator and/or the Able and Talented Programme Coordinator in your school or college.

    Parents are welcome to speak to the FMSP Wales about arranging tuition. Please see our 'Contact us' page and speak to your local FMSP Wales area coordinator.

    How parents can help?

  • Find out about University choices and careers whilst your child is in year 10/11. Your child may not find out about Further Maths until it is too late, which may compromise their choice of University course.
  • Support and encouragement – Many students take Further Mathematics as a 4th or 5th A-level subject and some students consider Further Maths to be the hardest A-Level. The classes may not be timetabled and students could expect to undertake tutoring at lunchtime or after school.
  • Visit the FMSP webpage and follow FMSP Wales on twitter for the latest information about upcoming events and activities. The FMSP Wales offers a range of extra classes which are free to all state funded schools and colleges in Wales. Although all sessions are advertised to schools and colleges directly, please encourage your children to check our events page (add link) regularly to find out about our future events in advance. FMSP Wales support activities include:
  • Taster sessions for students interested in Further Maths.
  • Study Days for all Further Pure, Mechanics and Statistics modules – four hour Saturday sessions - highly recommended to students that do not have regular support in their school as well to all students subscribed for the FMSP Wales tuition.
  • Revision sessions – three hour Saturday sessions organised closer to exams, held in various locations across Wales. Online materials are also available.
  • Transportation to events - The majority of events are organised on Saturdays. This is to minimise disruption to a school week and avoid problems with supply cover in schools. On the other hand it means that your children may need your help to get to and from the sessions.
  • Case Studies

    Wayne Edwards

    Sir Thomas Picton School Further Mathematics grade achieved – A*

    University College London – BSc Mathematics

    “I had great tutors with the FMSP Wales, which were easy to communicate with even though the lessons were online”

    A Parent's view

    - Case Study from a parent of a Further Maths Student

    "I had not heard of Further Maths until my daughter decided to apply to Cambridge to study Maths. It became clear that without it she would not even be called for interview so the quest began. Our school doesn’t offer Further Maths and the FMSP was the only option. It took much persuasion but eventually the school agreed that Further Maths was necessary and it was arranged via FMSP in Wales. The tuition has been given face to face and online and has been excellent with my daughter passing the first modular exam with an A.

    She has really enjoyed the tuition and the fact that she has had to do a lot of work independently has been a very good preparation for independent study at University. The Further Maths study has also confirmed for her just how much she enjoys maths and that it was the correct choice for her at Uni.

    Any child with an interest in maths or maths based subjects would benefit greatly from taking Further Maths as it broadens their knowledge and gives them a really good start on any further study.

    The FMSP staff could not have been more helpful, especially to the school, which has had trouble understanding the funding issues, and they have patiently explained the process to them on a number of occasions. I would tell all parents not to be put off asking for Further Maths for your child just because the school is unfamiliar with the process. Persist and eventually they will get it!! Thanks to the tuition from the FMSP my daughter is now an offer holder for maths at Cambridge".

    Additional information:

    Gwybodaeth i Rieni

    Am ragor o wybodaeth am FMSP Cymru, gweler ein taflen Canllaw i Rieni

    Mathemateg yw'r unig bwnc Safon Uwch sy'n cynnig dau gymwyster Lefel A - Mathemateg a Mathemateg Bellach.

    Yn eu canllaw 'Gwybodaeth am Ddewisiadau' o dan "Pa bynciau sy’n rhoi'r fwyaf o opsiynau i chi" mae Gr?p Russell o 24 o brif Prifysgolion y DU yn rhestru Mathemateg a Mathemateg Bellach ar y brig. Felly, efallai y bydd eich mab/merch yn awyddus i gymryd y ddau bwnc i lefel A.

    "Mae lefel uchel mewn sgiliau mathemateg yn agor drysau i gynifer o yrfaoedd ar gyfer ein dysgwyr ac mae'n rhaid i ni eu cefnogi i gael y sgiliau sydd eu hangen i lwyddo" Gweinidog Addysg Cymru Huw Lewis

    Beth yw Mathemateg Bellach?

  • Cwrs lefel AS/A yw Mathemateg Bellach ac sydd wedi ei gynllunio i gael ei ddysgu ochr yn ochr â Mathemateg ym Mlwyddyn 12, ond gellir ei gymryd fel Lefel AS ym Mlwyddyn 13;
  • Gellir cymryd Mathemateg Bellach fel cwrs AS sy’n cynnwys 3 modiwl neu fel cwrs Safon Uwch llawn sy’n cynnwys 6 Modiwl (dros 2 flynedd) – mae’r modiwlau hyn yn cynnwys Pur Bellach, Mecaneg ac Ystadegaeth.
  • Y manteision ar gyfer eich plentyn

    Mae cymwysterau Mathemateg Bellach yn uchel eu parch ac yn cael croesawu’n fawr gan brifysgolion. Mae rhai cyrsiau gradd Prifysgolion Gr?p Russell bellach yn gofyn am gymhwyster Mathemateg Bellach ac gall eraill addasu eu gofynion gradd yn fwy ffafriol i fyfyrwyr sydd â Mathemateg Bellach.

  • Mae Mathemateg Bellach yn cryfhau cyflawniad myfyrwyr lefel Safon Uwch Mathemateg. Mae'n ehangu, dyfnhau, ac yn atgyfnerthu gwaith Mathemateg Safon Uwch safonol.
  • Mae Mathemateg Bellach yn galluogi myfyrwyr i ddatblygu set o sgiliau gwell. Mae'r cymhwyster yn arddangos sgiliau dadansoddol ardderchog. "Mae Mathemateg yn rhoi ystod eang o sgiliau mewn datrys problemau, rhesymu rhesymegol a meddwl hyblyg i chi. Mae hyn yn arwain at yrfaoedd sy'n gyffrous, yn heriol ac amrywiol eu natur ". Prifysgol Caerdydd.
  • Mae'n agor y dewis o Brifysgol. "Mae Mathemateg Bellach a astudir o leiaf i Lefel AS yn hanfodol ar gyfer mynediad i ddarllen Mathemateg yng Nghaergrawnt ac yn ddymunol iawn ar gyfer Cyfrifiadureg, Economeg, Peirianneg a Gwyddorau Ffisegol Naturiol." Prifysgol Caergrawnt. "Mae'r Brifysgol yn barod i fod yn fwy hyblyg gyda myfyrwyr sydd wedi astudio Mathemateg Bellach ond sydd heb gyrraedd y cynnig safonol" Yr Athro Ashwin, Prifysgol Exeter.
  • Mae’n helpu y cyfnod pontio o Safon Uwch i astudio ar lefel gradd.
  • Mae amrywiaeth eang o yrfaoedd ar gyfer y rhai sydd â chefndir mewn Mathemateg:

    Busnes (Logisteg, Dadansoddi Ariannol, Ymchwil Marchnad a Gweithredol), Cyllid (Yswiriant, Pensiynau, Cyfrifeg, gwaith Actiwaraidd, Bancio), TG (dadansoddi Systemau, Rhaglennu), Meddygaeth (Ymchwilwyr, Ystadegwyr), Peirianneg (Dylunio Adeiladu, Cynllunio Trafnidiaeth, Telathrebu) a Swyddi Gwyddonol (Biotechnoleg, Meteoroleg, Eigioneg)

  • Mae’r mwyafrif llethol o fyfyrwyr yn teimlo bod Mathemateg Bellach yn brofiad pleserus, gwerth chweil ac ysgogol. Maent yn cyfarfod a gweithio gyda myfyrwyr o'r un anian o bob rhan o'r rhanbarth sy'n mwynhau mathemateg. Byddant yn blasu dull mwy annibynnol o ddysgu, sy'n baratoad da ar gyfer y brifysgol a gyrfaoedd yn y dyfodol. Byddant yn dod o hyd i ragor o wybodaeth am Brifysgol drwy ymweld a mynychu digwyddiadau a gynhelir ar gampysau Prifysgolion.

    Sut y gall Mathemateg Bellach gael ei astudio?

    Ers 2010 mae nifer y canolfannau chweched dosbarth sy’n cynnig Mathemateg Bellach wedi cynyddu yng Nghymru. Er nad yw pob ysgol neu goleg yn cynnig Mathemateg Belach flwyddyn ar ol blwyddyn mae llawer o sefydliadau yn dod o hyd i ffyrdd o helpu eu myfyrwyr. Holwch eich ysgol os oes un o'r dewisiadau hyn ar gael ar gyfer eich plentyn:

  • Opsiwn amserlennu - Mathemateg Bellach sy’n cael ei gynnal yn ystod y diwrnod addysgu, gall fod yn rhan o gonsortiwm (addysgu mewn nifer o leoliadau).
  • Opsiwn heb ei amserlennu (ond ar gael yn yr ysgol/coleg) – Cynhelir Mathemateg Bellach yn ystod amser cinio ac ar ôl oriau ysgol.
  • Hyfforddiant FMSP Cymru - Os nad yw ysgol/coleg eich plentyn yn cynnig Mathemateg Bellach efallai y byddant yn gallu cael mynediad i hyfforddiant Mathemateg Bellach Safon AS/Uwch drwy diwtor FMSP Cymru. Mae hyfforddiant ar gael ar-lein ac wyneb-yn-wyneb. Does dim ffioedd dysgu i fyfyrwyr na rhieni Mae llawer o ysgolion yn cynnig cyfuniad o'r uchod i gyflwyno hyfforddiant Mathemateg Bellach Safon Uwch llawn.
  • Dylai rhieni/myfyrwyr gysylltu â'r ysgol/coleg yn uniongyrchol os hoffent gymryd Mathemateg Bellach drwy FMSP Cymru. Efallai y bydd y cysylltiadau allweddol yn cynnwys y Pennaeth Mathemateg, Cydlynydd y Chweched Dosbarth a/neu Gydlynydd Rhaglen Abl a Dawnus eich ysgol neu goleg.

    Mae croeso i rieni siarad â'r FMSP Cymru am drefnu hyfforddiant. Gweler ein tudalen 'Cysylltwch â ni' a siaradwch â'ch cydlynydd ardal FMSP Cymru lleol.

    Sut y gall rhieni helpu?

  • Dewch o hyd i wybodaeth am ddewisiadau a gyrfaoedd y Brifysgol tra bod eich plentyn ym mlwyddyn 10/11. Efallai na fydd eich plentyn yn cael gwybod am Fathemateg Bellach nes ei bod yn rhy hwyr, a allai beryglu ei ddewis o gwrs Prifysgol.
  • Cefnogwch ac anogwch - Mae llawer o fyfyrwyr yn cymryd Mathemateg Bellach fel 4ydd neu 5ed pwnc lefel A ac mae rhai myfyrwyr yn ystyried Mathemateg Bellach i fod y lefel A anoddaf. Efallai na fydd y dosbarthiadau yn cael eu hamserlennu a gallai myfyrwyr ddisgwyl cael eu tiwtora yn ystod amser cinio neu ar ôl ysgol.
  • Ewch i wefan FMSP a dilyn FMSP Cymru ar twitter ar gyfer y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf am ddigwyddiadau a gweithgareddau sydd ar y gweill. Mae FMSP Cymru yn cynnig amrywiaeth o ddosbarthiadau ychwanegol sydd yn rhad ac am ddim i bob ysgol a choleg a ariennir gan y wladwriaeth yng Nghymru. Er bod yr holl sesiynau yn cael eu hysbysebu i ysgolion a cholegau yn uniongyrchol, a fyddai modd i chi annog eich plant i edrych ar ein tudalen digwyddiadau (add link/ychwanegwch link) yn rheolaidd i gael gwybod am ein digwyddiadau ymlaen llaw yn y dyfodol. Mae gweithgareddau cefnogi FMSP Cymru yn cynnwys:
  • Sesiynau blasu ar gyfer myfyrwyr sydd â diddordeb mewn Mathemateg Bellach
  • Dyddiau Astudio ar gyfer pob modiwl Pur Bellach, Mecaneg ac Ystadegaeth - sesiynau pedair awr ar Ddydd Sadwrn - argymhellir yn gryf i fyfyrwyr nad oes ganddynt gymorth rheolaidd yn eu hysgol yn ogystal ag i bob myfyriwr sy’n tanysgrifio ar gyfer hyfforddiant FMSP Cymru.
  • Sesiynau Adolygu - Sesiynau tair awr ar Ddydd Sadwrn a drefnir yn nes at arholiadau a gynhelir mewn gwahanol leoliadau ledled Cymru. Mae deunyddiau ar-lein ar gael hefyd.
  • Cludiant i ddigwyddiadau - Mae'r rhan fwyaf o ddigwyddiadau yn cael eu trefnu ar ddydd Sadwrn. Mae hyn er mwyn lleihau tarfu ar wythnos ysgol ac i osgoi problemau gyda staff cyflenwi mewn ysgolion. Ar y llaw arall mae'n golygu y gall fod angen eich help i gludo’ch plant i’r sesiynau ac adref.
  • Astudiaeth achos

    Wayne Edwards

    Ysgol Syr Thomas Picton gradd Mathemateg Bellach – A * Coleg Prifysgol Llundain - BSc Mathemateg

    " Cefais diwtoriaid gwych gyda FMSP Cymru, a oedd yn hawdd iawn i gyfathrebu gyda hwy er bod y gwersi ar-lein"

    Barn Rhiant - Astudiaeth Achos gan riant myfyriwr Mathemateg Bellach Myfyrwyr

    “Nid oeddwn wedi clywed am fathemateg bellach nes penderfynodd fy merch wneud cais i Gaergrawnt i astudio Mathemateg. Daeth yn amlwg hebddo ni fyddai'n hyd yn oed yn cael ei galw am gyfweliad, felly dechreuodd y cwest. Nid yw ein hysgol yn cynnig mathemateg pellach ac FMSP oedd yr unig opsiwn. Cymerodd llawer o berswâd ond yn y diwedd cytunodd yr ysgol bod Mathemateg Bellach yn angenrheidiol ac fe’i drefnwyd drwy FMSP yng Nghymru. Cafwyd hyfforddiant wyneb yn wyneb ac ar-lein ac mae wedi bod yn wych gyda fy merch yn pasio’r arholiad modiwlaidd cyntaf gyda A.

    Mae hi wedi mwynhau'r hyfforddiant yn fawr ac mae'r ffaith ei bod wedi gorfod gwneud llawer o waith yn annibynnol wedi bod yn baratoad da iawn ar gyfer astudio annibynnol yn y Brifysgol. Mae'r astudiaeth Mathemateg Bellach hefyd wedi cadarnhau cymaint mae hi'n mwynhau mathemateg a’i fod wedi bod y dewis cywir ar ei chyfer yn y Brifysgol.

    Byddai unrhyw blentyn sydd â diddordeb mewn mathemateg neu bynciau sy'n seiliedig ar fathemateg yn elwa'n fawr o gymryd Mathemateg Bellach gan ei fod yn ehangu eu gwybodaeth ac yn rhoi dechrau da iawn ar gyfer unrhyw astudiaeth pellach.

    Bu staff yr FMSP yn gymorth mawr, yn enwedig i'r ysgol, sydd wedi cael trafferth deall y materion ariannu, ac maent wedi esbonio y broses yn amyneddgar iddynt ar nifer o achlysuron. Byddwn yn dweud wrth bob rhiant i beidio â bod ofn gofyn am fathemateg bellach ar gyfer eich plentyn dim ond oherwydd bod yr ysgol yn anghyfarwydd â'r broses. Dyfalbarhewch ac fe gawn nhw ef yn y pen draw!! Diolch i hyfforddiant gan y FMSP mae fy merch bellach yn ddeiliad cynnig ar gyfer mathemateg yng Nghaergrawnt.”

    Gwybodaeth ychwanegol: