Further Mathematics - AS

L3 Level 3
Full Time
7 September 2020 — 25 June 2021
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The Further Mathematics AS programme is a one-year course of study and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate. 

Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student.

AS Level Further Mathematics (new specification) is a good choice for pupils due to the flexibility that it offers: 

  • It supports other subjects such as all three sciences, Psychology, Information Technology and many others.
  • It is recommended that any student wanting to go onto University to study a STEM subject (especially mathematics or engineering) should study Further Mathematics.
  • It develops your ability to think logically and present formal arguments, which is essential in any career.
  • It is a challenging qualification, welcomed by all universities, whichever degree course you apply to study.

All colleges/sixth forms in Wales will be delivering the exact same specification from September 2017.

What you will study

There will be three units, each accounting for 1/3 of the AS qualification, which itself will account for 40% of the A Level qualification.

All units are compulsory

None of the papers require any knowledge of A2 Mathematics, however, the final assessment will assume knowledge of AS mathematics.

Each paper will comprise a number of short and longer, both structured and unstructured questions, which may be set on any part of the subject content of the unit. A number of questions will assess learners' understanding of more than one topic from the subject content. Each unit will be examined with the aid of a calculator.

AS Unit 1: Further Pure Mathematics A

Written examination: 1 hours 30 minutes (70 marks) - 13.3% of A-Level qualification

This module will deepen and broaden your understanding of pure mathematics. It will extend your knowledge of algebra, functions and vectors, while also introducing you to new, very important topics such as complex numbers, matrices and methods of proof.

AS Unit 2: Further Statistics A 

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (70 marks) - 13.3% of A-level qualification 

This module will broaden your understanding of statistical distributions and statistical inference. Specifically, you will be introduced to important statistical models such as the Poisson process and the exponential distribution. You will also look at models for “goodness of fit” such as Spearman’s rank and Chi-squared.

AS Unit 3: Further Mechanics A 

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (70 marks) - 13.3% of A-level qualification 

This unit will extend your knowledge of mechanical models to cover momentum and impulse - Hooke’s Law, Work, Energy, Power and circular motion. In addition, you will be introduced to the application of calculus to vectors that model motion.

NOTE: There are no longer options modules in further mathematics. From September 2017, all students will study the same modules in all centres. In addition to this, the new AS qualification will now account for 40% of the overall A-level qualification.

To access full details about the new specifications (maths and further maths) please use the following link:


Note: Due to specification changes and timetable constraints it will not be possible to study AS and A2 Further Maths simultaneously for the academic year 2017 – 2018.

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £0.00

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade A* - C including English Language and Maths.
  • Interview.

Individual subjects may require higher grades. 
Mature learners without these qualifications may be accepted after an interview with the subject tutor.

Teaching and assessment

Three written exams

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

7 September 2020

End date

25 June 2021

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

9 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



WJEC GCE AS Level in Further Mathematics
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