Studying Further Mathematics is excellent preparation for University, especially if you wish to study any maths-related subject such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing or Technology as well as Mathematics itself. Many universities are now encouraging students to take Further Mathematics qualifications to improve their preparation for degree courses and some leading universities are now specifying Further Mathematics as an entry requirement for such courses.
46% of Mathematics BSc degree course entry requirements mention Further Mathematics, including it in their offers or encouraging students to take it if possible. For those universities in the Russell Group, this proportion is 74% (March 2013).
What does the Russell Group Informed Choices Guide say about Further Mathematics?
Under ‘What subjects can give me the most options’, the guide lists facilitating subjects, i.e. those that are required for university courses more often than others. These are:
- Mathematics; Further Mathematics; English; Physics; Biology; Chemistry; Geography; History and Languages (Classical and Modern).
The guide also identifies the most common essential and useful A levels requirements for 60 of the most popular university courses. Further Mathematics is listed as useful for:
Actuarial Science/Studies; Aeronautical Engineering; Biochemistry; Biomedical Sciences (including Medical Science); Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Computing; Dentistry; Electrical/Electronic Engineering; Engineering (General); Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Medicine; Optometry (Ophthalmic Optics); Physics; and Veterinary Science.
In addition, Further Mathematics is listed as sometimes essential for Mathematics.
The list below gives details of courses that either encourage or require prospective new undergraduates to take Further Mathematics. It is arranged alphabetically by university.
[Note. Whilst we try to keep information on this page as current as possible, many universities frequently update their own webpages so please do consult the relevant universities' website for confirmation of the details posted here.] (May 2012)
What the Universities say about Further Mathematics
Physics: We strongly support the idea of encouraging students to choose Further Maths for their A level studies and schools to offer this option to their pupils.
Our students who had A level Further Maths coped with the transition from school to university much better than those who had only standard A-level Maths. It is our policy, when other factors are equal, to prefer candidates holding qualification in A level Further Maths over candidates holding A level Maths at the same grade.
For more information please see: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/undergrad/courses/physics/
Mathematics: “We strongly encourage students to study as much mathematics as possible before coming to study at Aberystwyth in order to ease their transition into university level mathematics. In our experience students who have studied Further Mathematics at A-level have been better prepared for our mathematics courses than those who have only studied standard Mathematics A-level courses. We are therefore happy to support any endeavour that promotes the study of Further Mathematics and are grateful to those individuals and organisations that enable students to take advantage of such excellent opportunities to further their learning of mathematics.
We recognise that at present not every student has the opportunity to study Further Mathematics at A-level and, adhering to our commitment to widening participation from students from diverse educational backgrounds, we do not currently require Further Mathematics A-level for entry onto our mathematics degree schemes."
For more information please see: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/imaps/prospective/mathematics/
University of Bath
Economics: "Due to the applied nature of the programme preference will be given to students who are taking Further Mathematics; Physics; Chemistry; Geography; History; Biology or a Modern Language as a third subject."
For more information please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/ug/prospectus/subject/economics/entry-requirements/
University of Bath
Mathematics: "Bath wishes to allow access to its courses in the mathematical sciences to applicants who are only able to take a single A level in 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 or AS 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 from a single mathematics A level in which over 40% of students currently get an A grade. 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. Offers for 2011 Double Maths: For applicants taking AEA/STEP we will ask either for grades A*(M)A(FM)B over three A levels plus at least Merit/2 in AEA/STEP or for A*(M)A(FM)A. The latter alternative will also apply to applicants who are not taking AEA/STEP. Further Maths AS level: For applicants taking AEA/STEP we will ask either for grades A*(M)AB over three A levels plus an A in AS Further Mathematics and at least Merit/2 in AEA/STEP or for A*(M)AA plus an A in AS Further Mathematics. The latter alternative will also apply to applicants who are not taking AEA/STEP. Single Maths: we ask for A*(M)A*A over three A levels with As in all Maths modules plus at least Merit/2 in AEA/STEP. There should be a second scientific or quantitative subject preferably physics. A six unit vocational A level is acceptable provided it is in a broadly related subject. In all our offers, General Studies will be excluded."
For more information please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/ug/prospectus/subject/mathematical-sciences/entry-requirements
"Bath wishes to allow access to its courses in the mathematical sciences to applicants who are only able to take a single A level in 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 or AS 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 from a single mathematics A level in which over 40% of students currently get an A grade. 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.
Offers for 2011
Double Maths: For applicants taking AEA/STEP we will ask either for grades A*(M)A(FM)B over three A levels plus at least Merit/2 in AEA/STEP or for A*(M)A(FM)A. The latter alternative will also apply to applicants who are not taking AEA/STEP.
Further Maths AS level: For applicants taking AEA/STEP we will ask either for grades A*(M)AB over three A levels plus an A in AS Further Mathematics and at least Merit/2 in AEA/STEP or for A*(M)AA plus an A in AS Further Mathematics. The latter alternative will also apply to applicants who are not taking AEA/STEP.
Single Maths: we ask for A*(M)A*A over three A levels with As in all Maths modules plus at least Merit/2 in AEA/STEP. There should be a second scientific or quantitative subject preferably physics.
A six unit vocational A level is acceptable provided it is in a broadly related subject. In all our offers, General Studies will be excluded."
University of Bath
Physics: Candidates offering three subjects at GCE A level (A2 level) should include Physics and Mathematics. Any subject may be offered for the third. Chemistry and Further Mathematics are popular and are particularly useful.
For more information please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/ug/prospectus/subject/physics/entry-requirements/
University of Bath
Computer Science: Applicants for the MComp (Hons) or BSc (Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics must have a grade A in A-level Mathematics and a grade A in either AS-level or A-level Further Mathematics. If your school does not provide Further Mathematics it may be possible to take it locally with the Further Mathematics Support Programme.
Professor Davenport, a member of both the Engineering and Science Board of the British Computer Society and the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (Outer Circle) comments 'Computer Science in general, and particularly as taught at Bath, is fundamentally a logical process. Most of our courses need at least A-level Mathematics, and preferably Further Mathematics, at "A" Grade. We particularly welcome students who have studied a "Decision Mathematics" module.'
For more information please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/comp-sci/undergraduate/entry.html
Our typical offers for 2011 will be AAA with an A in mathematics.
We prefer three A2s. We do not normally count 2 A levels and 2 AS levels as equivalent to 3 A levels, but AS Further Mathematics and another AS qualification is an exception.
Special note on AS/A Level Further Mathematics
Further Mathematics A level or AS level is an excellent preparation for many degree programmes, not just mathematics, and we strongly encourage you to take it if it is available to you. Approximately 40% of our 2007 intake had Further Mathematics A level or AS level.
We typically make a slightly lower offer to students taking A2 Further Mathematics.
Taking Further Mathematics will mean that you have a much better idea of what to expect from our degree programmes because you will have already seen more mathematics.
We are aware that many schools are not able to offer Further Mathematics and so we do not make it a requirement of our offers. Our first year programmes are, therefore, carefully designed to take into account the different qualifications that students arrive with. If Further Mathematics is not available at your school, you may be able to take it through the Further Maths Support Programme. For more information, go to www.furthermaths.org.uk.
For more information please see: http://www.mat.bham.ac.uk/study/ug/degree.shtml
University of Birmingham
Chemical Engineering: "Grades AAB from three Advanced GCE Levels or equivalent (which should include two Advanced Levels). Ideally we are looking for A grades in Maths and Chemistry. However if Further Maths is offered a revised offer can be made. All applications are dealt on a case by case basis."
For more information please see: http://www.eng.bham.ac.uk/chemical/study/undergrad/entry.shtml
University of Bristol
We use a system of Standard Offers...There is only one compulsory subject, which is Mathematics. We demand an A* if an applicant only offers Mathematics or an A if they can also offer an A in Further Mathematics. We have 6 preferred supporting subjects. These are Further Mathematics (by far the most favoured), Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics and Physics. We demand at least 1 of these preferred subject. In recent years, 90% of successful applicants have offered 2 or more.
GCE A level grades A*AA with A* in Maths and at least 1 preferred subject. (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Physics). This offer may be accompanied by A*(Maths)AB plus an appropriate STEP result.
GCE A level grades A*AA+a with A* in Maths and a in Further Maths AS-level. This differs from the previous offer in that we do not demand a preferred subject. We may make an alternative offer of A*(Maths)ABa plus an appropriate STEP result.
GCE A level grades AAA including Maths and Further Maths. This offer may be accompanied by AA(Maths and Further Maths)B plus an appropriate STEP result. This has been our most common offer by far over the past few years.
For more information please see: http://www.maths.bris.ac.uk/study/admissions_undergrad/requirements/
University of Bristol
Mathematics and Computer Science: "A or A* grades in three relevant A level subjects (incl. Mathematics) and preferably one of the following: Further Mathematics, STEP or AEA Mathematics. "
For more information please see: http://www.cs.bris.ac.uk/admissions/ug/apply.html
"Further Mathematics studied to at least AS Level is essential for admission to read Mathematics at Cambridge and desirable/highly desirable for Computer Science, Economics, Engineering and physical Natural Sciences.
Between them these subjects account for about a third of the places available at Cambridge."
Dr Geoff Parks, Director of Admissions for the Cambridge Colleges
Further Mathematics is preferred in most colleges, and essential in some.
For more information please see: http://www.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses/maths/requirements.html
University of Cambridge
Computer Science: Further Mathematics is preferred in most colleges.
For more information please see: http://www.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses/compsci/requirements.html
University of Cambridge
Further Mathematics is strongly preferred as a third A level in most colleges.
Chemical Engineering students entering via the Natural Sciences route:
Essential A Level/IB Higher Level Mathematics and Chemistry.
Desirable AS/IB Standard Level or above in one or more of Physics, Biology, Further Mathematics
Chemical Engineering students entering via the Engineering route:
Essential A Level/IB Higher Level Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.
Desirable A Level/IB Standard Level Further Mathematics
For more information please see: http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/admissions/guide/table1.html
School of Mathematics: "We do not require students to have A level Further Mathematics to gain a place on our degree schemes. However we encourage maths applicants to study Further Maths because it gives them a better foundation for their studies and makes the transition to university level mathematics easier."
For more information please see: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/maths/
University of Chester
Mathematics: “The University of Chester is pleased to be part of the national Further Mathematics Network- widening choice for A level Mathematics students.
More students studying more mathematics is good for the UK and for student employability.
The University of Chester rewards applicants offering a Further Mathematics qualification with double UCAS points for their Further Mathematics grade.”
Neville Ford, Professor of Computational Applied Mathematics, University of Chester
For more information please see: http://www.chester.ac.uk/undergraduate/mathematics
University of Derby
Mathematics: "Further Mathematics AS/A2 is not a requirement for entry onto our programmes, but if you have the opportunity to take further maths at AS or A level, we strongly recommend it. We find that students who have taken these extra qualifications handle the transition from school or college to university very well. The University is prepared to be more flexible with students who have studied Further Mathematics but not met the standard offer."
For more information please see: http://www.derby.ac.uk/mathematical-and-computer-studies-bsc-hons
Mathematics: I am delighted to support the important work of the Further Mathematics Network. I would recommend that any student who intends taking a science, engineering or mathematics degree at university consider taking Further Mathematics. The Further Maths Network gives all students this opportunity."
Dr. James Blowey
Reader in Mathematics, University of Durham
"If you are studying Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-level and will most likely obtain A and A* grades then we would very much like to hear from you. We recognise that not everyone has the opportunity to take Further Mathematics beyond AS level and we have designed our first year accordingly. If your school or college offers double Mathematics you should follow this route. If it does not please ask them to state this explicitly in their reference. We will then consider your application for an alternative offer including AS Further Maths.
Our standard offer is A*A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics (A* in either) plus A (any subject excluding General Studies) or A* in Mathematics plus AA plus A in AS-level Further Mathematics for students not able to take Further Mathematics A2."
For more information please see: http://www.dur.ac.uk/mathematical.sciences/undergraduate/applying/
Mathematics: "Are you taking Further Mathematics A-level?
If you are, then, if
* you put Essex as your firm UCAS choice, and
* you obtain a B or A grade in Further mathematics, then
we give you £250 after two weeks at Essex!
This award is in addition to any scholarship, and is not affected by grades obtained in other subjects.
For more information please see: http://www.essex.ac.uk/maths/prospective_students/undergraduates/scholarships.aspx
Mathematics: "The Exeter Mathematics department is pleased to support the work of the Further Mathematics Network.
Though is not a requirement, we strongly encourage prospective students to take Further Mathematics, either at AS or A level. The University is prepared to be more flexible with students who have studied Further Mathematics but have not met the standard offer."
Professor Peter Ashwin
For more information please see: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/mathematics/mathsbsc/
University of Glamorgan
Science and Sport: “The Department of Science & Sport at Glamorgan strongly supports the idea of encouraging students to choose Further Maths for their A level studies, and for schools to offer this option to their pupils. Maths is an integral part of most science and engineering courses, and whilst not essential for studies at Glamorgan, having Further Maths is clearly very useful. Further Maths students are exposed to additional mathematical concepts and ideas, and also benefit from an enhanced ability to study independently.”
Dr. Chris Lee
Head of Dept. of Science & Sport
For more information please see: http://hesas.glam.ac.uk/
Imperial College, London
Chemical Engineering: "In terms of Advanced (A) Level grades, a typical offer is A*AAA or A*A*A in Maths, Chemistry and further relevant A-levels. We insist on candidates offering Mathematics and Chemistry at A-level in addition to another one or two subjects at A-level (such as Physics or Biology or Economics or Further Maths for instance)."
For more information please see: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/chemicalengineering/teaching/undergraduate/admissions
Imperial College, London
Aeronautical Engineering: "Note that a high level of secondary school Mathematics and Physics is mandatory. Further Mathematics is highly recommended but not mandatory for admission to, and success on, our courses."
For more information please see: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/aeronautics/ug/faqs
Imperial College, London
Computing: "Mathematics underpins Computing and our experience is that the more exposure that students have had to advanced Mathematics prior to starting our course, the better they are able to cope with its intellectual challenges. We are delighted to support the Further Maths Network in its aim of widening access to Further Maths A2/AS level tuition."
For more information please see: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/computing/admissions/ug/comp/requirements
Imperial College, London
Electrical and Electronic Engineering: "A* in Mathematics, A in Physics, A in Further Mathematics; OR
A* in Mathematics, A in Physics, A in third subject, plus A in Further Mathematics AS-level"
For more information please see: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/ugprospectus/facultiesanddepartments/electricalengineering/entryrequireme
Imperial College, London
You are recommended to take an A-level combination that includes both Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Competition for places is intense, so your application will be stronger if you are studying subjects with a high mathematical content...
For Mathematics degrees except GG14 and GG41 (joint Mathematics and Computer Science) the normal minimum entry requirement is A* in A-level Mathematics, A* in Further Mathematics, and A in one other A-level."
For more information please see: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/ugprospectus/facultiesanddepartments/mathematics/entryrequirements
Imperial College, London
"Our course builds on a very strong understanding of Physics and a very high level of Mathematical ability to help to answer the questions 'will this design work ... and can we make it more efficient ? ' This analysis often requires a mixture of pure and applied mathematics, and the more maths you can study at school or college, the easier will be your first year at University. We do accept students with single Maths, but Further Maths at A2, or even AS level will provide you with much more experience and confidence in using maths as a tool to solve real problems. Even if you do not offer Further Maths as your third A level, but have the chance to study it, you will find the benefits at University.
Note also that mechanics modules are of more use on our course than statistics."
David Robb, Admissions Tutor
For more information please see: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/mechanicalengineering
King's College London
Mathematics: "Compulsory subjects
For those offering A2 Further Mathematics: A in A2 Mathematics; A in A2 Further Mathematics. For those only offering AS-level Further Mathematics: A* in A2 Mathematics; A in AS-level Further Mathematics."
For more information please see: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/undergraduate/mathematics/entryrequirements
University of Lancaster
Mathematics: "An A level or AS level in Further Mathematics is an advantage but not a requirement. The University is willing to be more flexible in making offers to students who have studied Further Mathematics but not met the standard offer. This also applies to applicants who take AEA or STEP papers. All these examinations are very helpful in preparing students for the study of mathematics at university level."
For more information please see: http://www.maths.lancs.ac.uk/department/undergraduate/applying-to-lancaster
Mathematics: "Because we like Further Mathematics, we make additional alternative offers to students who take it. The effect is that applicants who can obtain A in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics (at the highest level they take it, either AS-level or A-level) need not worry about the result they obtain on a third A-level."
For more information please see: http://www.maths.leeds.ac.uk/school/undergraduate/
University of Leeds
Engineering/Physics: "Take an AS in Further Maths - and be well prepared for university! The extra modules of pure maths and mechanics will prove invaluable for mathematics, physics or engineering."
Mike Savage, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds.
For more information please see: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/
Mathematics and Joint Honours:
For applicants taking A-Levels, offers normally specify 3 A-Level grades, including grade A in Mathematics in all cases. Further Mathematics is not required, but we strongly recommend that applicants take Further Mathematics at least to AS-Level, and our offer grades are lower when Further Mathematics is included. Edexcel AEA and Cambridge STEP papers will also be good preparation for university mathematics, and may sometimes be included in an offer. Details of our grade requirements are as follows:-
For all BSc and MMath degrees except Mathematics & Sports Science: AAB if Further Mathematics is not included, but grades ABB or AAC will be sufficient if you have grade B in AS-Level Further Maths or grade C in A-Level Further Maths.
For BSc Mathematics & Sports Science: AAA or A*AB if Further Mathematics is not included, but grades AAB will be sufficient if you have grade A in AS-Level Further Maths or grade B in A-Level Further Maths. Entry requirements are higher for this programme because of the very high demand for sport-related programmes at Loughborough.
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. Help with preparation for AEA and STEP is provided by
For more information please see: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ma/admissions/uginfo/entry_req.html
London School of Economics
Actuarial Science: "Normally required: A level: grades A A A, one of which must be Mathematics. Further Mathematics is highly desirable."
For more information please see: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/statistics/study/prospective/bsc_actuarial_science.htm
London School of Economics
Mathematics with Economics: "Usual standard offer:A level: A*AA (to include an A* in Maths). Further Maths (although not essential), or a science subject is recommended."
For more information please see: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/howToApply/departmentalAdmissionsCriteria/mathematics.aspx
Mathematics: Entry requirements are typically AAB or equivalent, or ABB with Further Mathematics, including grade A in Mathematics.
There is also an offer of ABB plus a B in AS Further Mathematics.
"New UK undergraduates admitted by the School of Mathematics to any Single-Honours or combined degree programme, who achieve three A grades at A-level including both Mathematics and Further Mathematics (and not counting General Studies), will be awarded a Manchester Success Scholarship of £500 per year of study, whether that is three or four years."
Study of Further Mathematics is an advantage but not a requirement for MMath.
For more information please see: http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/ugadmission/scholarships.html
For our 3 year BSc courses our standard requirement is at least grades AAB from the best 3 'A' levels or Advanced Highers, including Mathematics.
Equivalent grades are acceptable but must include Mathematics (at least) grade A. In addition, if you get an A in A-level Mathematics and an A in A-level Further Mathematics we will assure you of your place.
For more information please see: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/course/G100/Mathematics
Mathematics: 'Whilst AS or A-level Further Mathematics is not a requirement, study of Further Mathematics modules is very much seen as an advantage. The University is prepared to be more flexible with students who have studied Further Mathematics but who have not met the standard offer.'
For more information please see: http://northumbria.ac.uk/?view=CourseDetail&code=UUSMAT1
Is Further Mathematics AS-level a good idea?
It is not essential but it will help you to decide whether you really want to do mathematics at university. If you do take Further Mathematics, we will normally ask for a grade ‘A’ in our offer (although we may then, where possible, compensate by asking for a lower grade in another subject). An exception can be made if your school or college has not been able to fully support Further Mathematics, so that you have been largely or partly self-taught. If your further mathematics has been largely/partly self-taught, you and your referee should make this clear on your UCAS form, so that we can make an informed decision.
For more information please see: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/Mathematics/Prospective/Undergraduate/FAQ.aspx
University of Oxford
Mathematics and Computing:
Further Mathematics is recommended for Computer Science, Computer Science and Philosophy, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Philosophy, Mathematics and Statistics.
Further Mathematics is considered helpful for Chemistry, Earth Sciences (Geology), Engineering Science, Engineering, Economics and Management (EEM), Materials Science, Materials, Economics and Management (MEM), Physics, and Physics and Philosophy.
In addition many courses recommend the study of Mechanics modules.
Courses requiring an A* (and further mathematics) are below:
-Computer science (A*AA, with A* in mathematics, further mathematics, physics or computing)
-Computer science and philosophy (A*AA, with A* in mathematics, further mathematics, physics or computing)
-Engineering science (A*AA, with A* in mathematics, physics or further mathematics)
-Engineering, economics and management (A*AA, with A* in mathematics, physics or further mathematics)
-Mathematics (A*A*A, with the A*s in mathematics and further mathematics if taken)
-Mathematics and computer science (A*AA, if further mathematics is taken, then including A*A between Mathematics and Further Mathematics; otherwise including A* in Mathematics.)
-Mathematics and philosophy (A*A*A, with the A*s in mathematics and further mathematics if taken)
-Mathematics and statistics (A*A*A, with the A*s in mathematics and further mathematics if taken)
For more information please see: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate_courses/courses/
Mathematics: "AS or A2 Further Mathematics are not essential but will be helpful to our students. We are therefore generally more flexible with applicants who have studied Further Mathematics. We also have a Mathematics and Statistics Entrance Scholarship of £500 for each grade A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics A-level."
For more information please see: http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/mathematics
Queen Mary, University of London
Mathematics: "We run a flexible admissions policy and tailor our offer to match your educational background. We normally accept one grade lower in A-level Mathematics (or equivalent) if you have also passed AS or A-level Further Mathematics."
For more information please see: http://www.maths.qmul.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate-programmes/entry-requirements
Queen's University, Belfast
Aerospace Engineering/Mechanical Engineering: Typical entry requirements for BEng:
(i) BCC including Maths and either Physics or Further Maths, or
(ii) BBC including Maths and one of Biology, Chemistry or Technology.
Typical entry requirements for MEng:
(i) BBB including Maths and either Physics or Further Maths,or
(ii) ABB including Maths and one of Biology,Chemistry or Technology.
For more information please see: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofMechanicalandAerospaceEngineering/ProspectiveStudents/
University of Reading
Mathematics-related: "In my experience, students who have taken Further Maths are much better prepared for university study of any degree programme which has a significant mathematical content, including mathematics, engineering and economics. In terms of exposure to important mathematical concepts, support for core mathematics, improvement in general mathematical skills and maturity, together with the enhanced ability to study independently, Further Maths students definitely have an advantage over regular A level students."
Dr Paul Glaister
Department of Mathematics, University of Reading
For more information please see: http://www.maths.rdg.ac.uk/
Royal Holloway, University of London
Mathematics: “Although we do not require Further Mathematics, we view a good grade in AS-level or A2-level Further Mathematics as a strong asset in an application, which might in some circumstances compensate for a weaker performance in a non-mathematical subject.”
For more information please see: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/mathematics/coursefinder/BScMathematics.aspx
University of Sheffield
Mathematics: "It is certainly not necessary to have done Further Maths, but it is definitely useful, and if you have the opportunity, we would recommend that you consider taking it."
For more information please see: http://www.shef.ac.uk/maths/prospectiveug/faqs
University of Southampton
Mathematics (and most joint mathematics degrees): In terms of A-level grades our standard offer is AAA (or AAB with Further Mathematics) or equivalent, including grade A in A-level Mathematics.
For more information please see: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/maths/undergraduate/courses/g100_mathematics.page
University of Surrey
Mathematics: "Typical entry requirements -
MMath programmes: A level grades AAA (360 points), or AAB (340 points) including Further Mathematics
BSc Mathematics: A level grades AAB (340 points), or ABB (320 points) including Further Mathematics"
For more information please see: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/mathematicsstatistics/
Mathematics: MMath: A-levels must include both Mathematics and Further Mathematics, grade A.
For more information please see: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/ug/2013/1664/26163#tabs-3
Mathematics: "We are aware that at present, not everyone has the opportunity
to study Further Mathematics, and so we do not require Further
Mathematics at either A or AS level for entrance to degrees in
Mathematics at Swansea University. Applicants are, however, encouraged to study as much Mathematics as their timetables allow before coming to university, and an excellent way to broaden and deepen their Mathematical knowledge and understanding is to take Further Mathematics if it is possible to do so."
Department of Mathematics
For more information please see: http://www.swan.ac.uk/physical_sciences/
Engineering: "The College of Engineering at Swansea University is pleased to support the Further Mathematics Support Programme Wales.
Further Mathematics is not a requirement. However, we encourage prospective students to take Further Mathematics, either at AS or A level. The College is prepared to be more flexible with students who have studied Further Mathematics but have not met the standard offer."
Electrical Engineering: “Maths is an essential part of most engineering courses. Whilst not essential, having Further Maths helps Electronic and Electrical Engineering students get to grips with the more challenging aspects of the course.”
-Dr Richard Cobley, Admissions Tutor, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Swansea University.
For more information please see: http://www.swan.ac.uk/engineering/
University College London
Mathematics: "Offers of places are normally made conditional on applicants obtaining three GCE A level subjects plus a pass in a further subject at AS level. Students must obtain grade A* at A level in either Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Mathematics with Statistics, and additionally obtain grade A at A level in either Further Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or Statistics.
A Levels: G107, G100, G1LC, G1L1, G1NF, G1N2, G1TX, G1T9, GGC3, GG13: A*AA to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics; G1FH, G1F3, GF1H, GF13: A*AA to include Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics."
For more information please see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Mathematics/undergraduates/prospective_undergrad/admission_req.htm
Mathematics: "Standard Offer
- A*(M) A*(FM) A 2 or A*(M) A(FM) A 1
(M) (FM) denote Mathematics and Further Mathematics. 1 and 2 denote grades in a Maths STEP paper. Distinction in AEA is accepted instead of grade 2 in a STEP paper.
We encourage you to include at least four of the Further Pure and Mechanics units among your 12 units because these are good preparation for our course. If your school does not offer Further Maths, consider enrolling in the Further Maths Support Programme. "
For more information please see: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/maths/admissions/ug/offer/
University of Warwick
Physics: "Typical Offers
For F303, F300 and FN31 (Physics, Physics and Business Studies):
AAA at A level to include A in Physics, A in Maths and A in a third subject.
Candidates offering Further Maths at A2 and/or securing an A* in Mathematics or Physics at A2 will receive additional consideration for entry after the A2 examination results (August 2012) in the event of having narrowly missed the conditions of the typical offer.
For GF13 and FG31 (Mathematics and Physics):
A*AA at A level to include A* Maths or Further Maths, A in Physics and A in a third subject.
The third subject can be Further Maths or another academic A level. Candidates offering Further Maths at A2 and/or securing an A* grade in Physics will receive additional consideration for entry after the A2 examination results (August 2012), in the event of having narrowly missed the conditions of the typical offer. Candidates who have taken A2 Maths early, i.e. before the introduction of the A* grade, will be offered a place based on an A grade in Maths."
For more information please see: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/undergraduate_study/
University of Warwick
Computer Science: Typical offer is AAA including Mathematics
There is substantial mathematics in this degree (at least 25% of the content and credit over the first two years) and in recent years about half our intake have taken Further Mathematics. If you have the opportunity we recommend taking Further Mathematics - either at AS level or (preferably) at A2.
For more information please see: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/dcs/admissions/cscience
University of Warwick
Discrete Mathematics : Typical offer is A*AA with A* in either Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
We highly recommend that for this degree you take Further Mathematics if possible.
For more information please see: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/dcs/admissions/dmaths
University of York
Computer Science: "Inevitably, it will be an advantage to have taken two A-levels in Mathematics, and many of our entrants will have done so. We encourage it, but we do not require it. Leaving aside the question of requirements for admission, we would in any case encourage applicants to take two A-levels in Mathematics: after the long-term changes that have taken place in the content of A-level Mathematics, taking the double A-level will ensure that you have a good basis on which to build.
The comments above, concerning double Mathematics, also apply if you are taking one-and-a-half A-levels in Mathematics. That is, an extra AS-level in Further Mathematics will always be an advantage. Also, we can often count a grade A in AS-level Further Mathematics in your favour if your main A-level Mathematics grade falls slightly short of our requirements."
For more information please see: http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry-requirements/
University of York
Mathematics: "All require grade A in Maths A-level. For single-subject candidates, the offer is:
• AAA in three A-levels, or
• AABa including an additional grade 'a' in Further Maths AS-level, or
• AAB including Further Maths (full) A-level.
We encourage applicants to take Further Maths (FM) AS- or A-level wherever available.
Such applicants will find some familiar material in the first term of our degree programme, but generally not thereafter. Beyond such encouragement, however, we do not use the taking of Further Mathematics as a selection criterion. You are just as likely to receive an offer if you are taking only a single Mathematics A-level."
For more information please see: http://maths.york.ac.uk/www/AdmitOffers
Further Mathematics and Medical Schools
The competition for places is extremely high and as a result medical schools employ additional selection criteria. The document General guidance on applying to UK Medical Schools describes the sorts of things you should look out for in relation of Mathematics and Further Mathematics when considering an application.
Until quite recently many medical schools would not allow both Mathematics and Further Mathematics qualifications to count towards meeting their offers. Fortunately this is now changing. In most cases medical schools will include one grade from either A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics in their offer. Some will accept Further Mathematics as an additional fourth subject at A or AS level.
The document Medical Schools Entry Requirements (June 2011) lists UK medical schools and their entry requirements, highlighting references to Further Mathematics. The document is based on data collected in June 2011, and in some cases requirements may have changed, so always check with the medical schools you are interested in. If you have any queries relating to Further Mathematics and medical schools, please contact Kevin Lord.
GCE Mathematics Aggregation Rules - Guidance for HE Institutions
This is a very useful document for universities to be aware of and understand.
For example it explains that when grading Mathematics and Further Mathematics, the highest possible grade in Mathematics is awarded first so if AC and BB are both possible pairs of grades, AC will be given in preference to BB.