The Further Maths Support Programme Wales is a Welsh Government funded project which was launched in 2010. The programme is managed Mathematics Department, Swansea University and works in collaboration with the universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea and the University of South Wales. FMSP Wales is supported by Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI). The main aim is to widen access to Further Mathematics GCE AS/A-level qualifications. The also the programme has several strands:

  • Professional learning - “Thanks for running this course. I think this is the best CPD I had during lockdown. The topic was completely new to me and the initial zoom session introduced it well to me.”
  • Free teaching resources - "The revision videos are excellent and will be used by our 6th formers this year." Teacher, Ysgol Bro Teifi.
  • Enrichment - "It not only allows my skills to be tested and corrected but it also allows me to keep up with learning new maths skills in order to apply what I have learnt during these sessions to my a level maths courses starting in September." Student from Monmouthshire subscribing to Mathematical Worlds enrichment programme during Lockdown.
  • Tuition and Student Support - "I believe studying further maths is extremely beneficial, not just for those aiming to study maths at university, but also for any STEM course. Through studying further maths I’ve been able to develop my critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and problem-solving skills. Through the further maths support programme, I’ve had great support from my online tutors." Isabella Carter, FMSPW student 2018-2020.
  • Underpinned by Research - FMSP Wales research
  • Support for additional university admission tests MAT, STEP, AEA, TMUA in collaboration with SEREN - "Excellently well run, the teaching was amazing and the guidance given on the individual questions was great too." Student from Conwy attending MAT/STEP summer series.

    During Covid-19 FMSP Wales have adapted their programme of activities and created a number of online courses, new resources, materials and video recordings to support the teaching of Maths and the transition for students to their next stage of learning. "I am impressed with how FMSP has been during the coronavirus time in the way they have been distributing all these materials and resources, I haven’t had that from another of my subjects. To have it in further Maths has been especially good as it’s advanced materials and it will be useful and I will definitely utilise the resources in the future." Student from Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd.

      Impact

      Since the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) was launched in 2010, the numbers of Further Mathematics students nearly tripled in Wales and the proportion of FM students increased from 7.1% to 16.3% (JCQ, 2020); improved in-school FM provision in Wales, see, e.g., teacher CPD case studies Teacher support; improved access to HIE, destination of FM students include Oxford, Cambridge, MIT, Durham, Baths, Bristol, Warwick, St Andrew’s, UCL, Imperial College and many other universities in the UK Case Studies. See our latest press release for more information.

      Why Study Further Maths?

      The following video is by a former Further Maths student Laasya Shekaran. She completed her A Level in Further Maths in 2014 and went on to study Maths at Warwick University, Laasya now works as an Investment Associate Consultant, she previously attended Olchfa Comprehensive School in Swansea.

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      Register with the FMSPW

      All schools and colleges are invited to register with the FMSPW to obtain one free single user teacher access to the Integral Further Maths resources offered by MEI, which cover the WJEC AS/A level applied Mathematics modules (Unit 2 and Unit 4) and all WJEC AS/A level Further Mathematics specifications (FM Unit 1, FM Unit 2, FM Unit 3, FM unit 4, FM unit 5 and FM Unit 6). In English and Welsh Medium. Registration is free to do so and there are many benefits.

      Register Now

      For schools who want to give access to individual students they can buy group subscriptions from MEI. The annual subscription costs £285 per 10 student logins. For more information please visit Integral Mathematics Resources pages. If you cannot gain access through a school or college you can subscribe to the resources as an individual. Please visit Integral Mathematics Resources for individual pages.

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