Further Maths

Course Overview 

Further Mathematics is an A Level qualification which both broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in A level Mathematics. It is designed to be learnt alongside A Level Mathematics.

Any student planning to take a mathematics-rich degree (this covers a very wide range of academic areas – Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., as well as Mathematics itself) will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics. Students who are not planning to study for mathematics-rich degrees but who are keen on mathematics will find Further Mathematics a very enjoyable course and having a Further Mathematics Qualification identifies students as having excellent analytical skills, whatever area they plan to study or work within.

Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many mathematics-rich degrees. Students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to such degrees far more straightforward. 

Studying Further Mathematics should also boost your performance in A Level Mathematics. To study Further 

Mathematics at advanced level you must be studying A Level Mathematics, and should have a very high grade from GCSE Mathematics. The course is based on the Edexcel Further Maths A Level. You will study three areas of mathematics if you choose to take Further Maths. These are currently Pure  Mathematics (compulsory), Mechanics and Statistics however thereare also options to study Further Pure Mathematics or  Decision Mathematics. These options are decided by the Mathematics department each year based on the cohort.

Examination Board:


Entry Requirements:

Grade 7 in Maths and choose Maths A Level.
You must have the required qualifications for the Advanced Pathway.

Course Level:

A Level – Level 3

Assessment Objectives

Four exams

Paper 1: – Core Pure Mathematics 1: 

Written examination –  1 hour and 30 minutes, 25% of the 3 qualification, 75 marks

Paper 2: – Core Pure Mathematics 2: 

Written examination – 1 hour and 30 minutes, 25% of the qualification, 75 marks. 

Paper 1: and 2 content: Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, 

Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations.

Paper 3: – Further Statistics 1: 

Written examination -1 hour and 30 minutes, 25% of the qualification, 75 marks. 

Paper 3 content: Probability distributions, Hypothesis testing, Chi squared tests, Central Limit Theorem, Probability  generating functions, Quality of tests.

Paper 4: – Further Mechanics 1: 

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes, 25% of the  qualification, 75 marks. Paper 4 content: Momentum and impulse, Work, energy and power, Elastic collisions in one and two dimensions, Elastic strings and springs and elastic energy.

What skills will I develop?

Problem solving
Presenting structured solutions
Interpreting data

How will I be assessed?


For A Level Further Mathematics students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.

Is there anything else I should know?

You should only be choosing A Level Further Mathematics if you are also taking A Level Mathematics and have a deep love of Mathematic. A calculator may be used in all  examinations. The exam board recommend the Casio  fx991-EX. This can be purchased through the school in order to get the best price. There is no coursework in A Level Further Mathematics.

Progression Routes

Further Mathematics qualifications are highly regarded and are strongly welcomed by universities. Students who take Further Mathematics are really demonstrating a strong  commitment to their studies, as well as learning mathematics that is very useful for any mathematics-rich degree.