A-Level Further Mathematics
Further Mathematics is designed to broaden and deepen the mathematical knowledge and skills developed in A-Level Mathematics. It aims to stretch and challenge those high-achieving students who have good mathematics skills and enjoy the subject. The topics are more sophisticated and advanced than those in Mathematics.
What is Further Mathematics?
Further Mathematics involves studying both pure and applied modules. All students will study mathematical argument; language and proof; mathematical problem solving; and mathematical modelling. They will also study mechanics and statistics.
How is it studied?
Edexcel A-Level Further Mathematics is taught in the final year of the two-year and five-term A-Level programmes after a student has completed A-Level Mathematics and achieved a minimum of a grade B.
OCR, OCR MEI and AQA A-Level Further Mathematics are available as two-term or one year retake programmes.
How is A-Level Further Mathematics assessed?
Exam board: Edexcel
Students are examined in four papers.
All papers are a 1 hour and 30 minute written examination.
Paper 1 and Paper 2 are compulsory requirements:
Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics 1
Paper 2: Core Pure Mathematics 2
For Paper 3 and Paper 4 the following combinations are added to the compulsory content:
Paper 3: Further Statistics 1
Paper 4: Further Mechanics 1
In addition to Edexcel, OCR and AQA A-Level Further Mathematics may be available as retake programmes.
What do I need?
A minimum grade A (7) in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) and a minimum grade B in A-Level Mathematics (or equivalent).
What should I study with Further Mathematics?
You will have completed A-Level Mathematics before studying A-Level Further Mathematics so when choosing your A-Levels choose ‘A-Level Mathematics with A-Level Further Mathematics’ and add two more subjects. Physics, Computer Science, Economics are frequently combined with Mathematics and Further Mathematics to enable strong applications to degree courses including Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science and Economics.
What can I do with A-Level Further Mathematics?
For degrees such as Engineering, Sciences, Computer Sciences or Economics at top universities, Further Mathematics is an essential requirement for entry.