Studying Further Mathematics

If you are considering studying AS or A level Further Mathematics you should discuss your options with your mathematics teacher.

If possible you should study Further Mathematics through timetabled classes at your school or college.

Where this is not possible, with the cooperation of your school or college, the Further Mathematics Support Programme can help you, either by providing all of your Further Mathematics tuition, or by sharing the teaching with your school or college.

Tuition available through the FMSP

Details of the tuition and support that the FMSP provides can be found by following the links below and left.

  • Face-to-face tuition
    The FMSP can arrange for a tutor, linked to your local FMSP area to provide tuition at your school/college or a local university.

  • Online tuition
    Students are assigned to an online tutor group and receive tuition via the FMSP online platform, Collaborate. The lessons are interactive and followed up with assignments and tutor support.

How Do I Go About Studying Further Mathematics?

If possible you should study Further Mathematics through timetabled classes at your school or college. Where this is not possible, with the cooperation of your school or college, the Further Mathematics Support Programme can help you, either by providing all of your Further Mathematics tuition, or by sharing the teaching with your school or college.

Taking AS Further Mathematics in year 13 is an excellent option if you have decided during year 12 that you are going to apply to for a mathematics-rich degree course at university. It will really help you on your university degree course and will look very impressive on your university application form.

If you are able to enrol in a Further Mathematics class at your school or college, but cannot access all of the options you would like to study, you could share your tuition between your school/college class and tuition through the FMSP.

This flowchart will help you to decide how best to access Further Mathematics tuition.

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Tuition

Tuition available through the FMSP Wales

Further Mathematics is an A-level course valuable to all students planning to study Maths related degrees including Science, Engineering, Technology and Computer Science. It can be taken as a full A-level course over two years alongside the standard A-level Mathematics or studied as an AS subject alongside A2 Mathematics in Year 13. Students must take (and pass) 3 modules to receive an AS qualification and another 2 modules to receive a full A-level qualification. Further Mathematics can form part of a Learning Programme and would therefore be eligible for funding at Post 16. This includes both schools and colleges offering Further Mathematics “in house” or through the Further Maths Support Programme Wales. Information about approved qualifications is available from Qualifications in Wales (QIW)

Want to find out more about Further Mathematics tuition and online facilities? To access an online recording please click (Further Maths Taster Session)

The FMSP Wales supports state-funded schools and colleges in all counties/regions of Wales by providing tuition for students who would benefit from studying AS/A level Further Mathematics. When schools/colleges have difficulties staffing/timetabling Further Mathematics, or have students wishing to study applied modules which are not part of the main provision offered by the school/college, the FMSP Wales can provide all or part of the tuition for Further Mathematics. Schools and colleges are welcome to enquire about arranging online or face-to-face tuition in their region. A Welsh speaking tutor is available.

To advise the FMSP of any required tuition simply contact us or you may download the following forms - the tuition arrangement form, the tuition letter of agreement and the course enrolment form

FMSP Wales Tuition cost and funding

A tuition fee per module per student applies to students receiving tuition for Further Mathematics through the Further Maths Support Programme Wales. Tuition fees should be paid by the learner’s host institution or the relevant Local Authority and not the student. Further Maths can attract funding in exactly the same way as AS/A2 qualifications offered “in house”. Students must take (and pass) 3 modules to receive and AS qualification and another 2 modules to receive a full A-Level qualification. You can enrol students to study with the FMSP Wales for one or more modules depending on whether you can provide some of the modules “in house”.

Tuition Modules on offer

  • FM Unit 1; FM Unit 2; FM Unit 3; FM Unit 4; FM Unit 5; FM Unit 6.

  • Examination boards covered - WJEC - for other exam boards please contact us directly.

    Tuition start dates

  • Autumn term tuition starts in October. Spring term tuition starts in February. Later or earlier start may be available depending on your circumstances.
  • Where will tuition take place?

  • Tuition will be provided either face-to-face at a school/college or through real-time online tutorials and teaching lessons for Further Mathematics. Students log into the online classroom and can interact with FMSP tutor during the lessons. The lessons are followed up with additional exercises and support from the tutor. Students have access to extensive, purpose-written online resources.
  • Who will provide students with books and study materials?

  • Textbooks and study materials will be provided by the FMSP Wales. Students will also receive free access to on-line Integral resources.
  • Is there a minimum number of students needed to be enrolled per school?

  • No, schools and colleges can enrol as many students as they need.
  • Is there a minimum number of modules each student should enrol for?

  • Students must take 3 modules to receive an AS qualification and another 2 modules to receive a full A-level qualification. Schools and colleges can enrol students to study with the FMSP Wales for one or more modules depending on whether they can provide some of the modules “in house”.
  • Student Feedback and Case Studies

  • Feedback from students and schools has been very positive with some students achieving 100% in Further Maths modules. Joseph McCambridge, one of the students who studied a Further Mathematics module online commented: “I really enjoyed the course as I find Maths a very interesting subject and was very glad that I was able to learn more complicated Mathematics from this course. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is thinking of taking maths on at University.”
  • “As a school we are very grateful to the FMSP Wales for the work they have been doing with our students in enabling them to study maths at a further level. The teaching, support and revision work have been very useful and proved successful with an A grade in FP1'', Head of Mathematics, Gowerton Comprehensive. For more case studies from individual students and school please see

    Case Studies

    What extra support is available?

  • All students from state-funded schools and colleges in Wales are welcome to attend face-to-face Study Days and Revision sessions organised by the FMSP Wales thought the year. Study Days are four hour sessions that cover selected Further Mathematics topics in depth. Revision sessions are three hour sessions to prepare students for exams. Sessions typically take place in Bangor University, Cardiff University, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Wrexham Universities and other locations across Wales. These sessions are based on WJEC materials. Extra online revision materials and videos are available for students studying AQA, Edexcel, MEI, OCR and WJEC from (AQA,Edexcel, MEI, OCR and WJEC)
  • To arrange tuition with the FMSP Wales please contact Bethan Eakins Email [email protected] or ring 01792 602334 for more information.