Further mathematics is the study of increasingly advanced and sophisticated concepts in pure and applied mathematics.

Overview

This challenging discipline extends and deepens a student’s knowledge and understanding beyond the standard A level Mathematics.


Board: Edexcel
 

In addition, in cases where the two A levels are being studied together, helps to boost exams results in the standard A level Mathematics.

Course Structure

Teaching begins in September (January for 18 month courses).  In the first year you will cover the following topics::

Core Pure Mathematics
  • Proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions; further calculus; further vectors
Further Mathematics Options (one of the following ten is chosen)
  • Further Pure Mathematics 1 & 2; Further Pure Mathematics 1 and Further Statistics 1; Further Pure Mathematics 1 and Further Mechanics 1; Further Pure Mathematics 1 and Decision Mathematics 1; Further Statistics 1 and Further Mechanics 1; Further Statistics 1 and Decision Mathematics 1; Further Statistics 1 & 2; Further Mechanics 1 and Decision Mathematics 1; Further Mechanics 1 & 2; Decision Mathematics 1 & 2
 

Students may take the AS exam at the end of the first year of the programme. The second year then builds on this foundation for the completion of the full A level. In the second year you will focus on the following topics:

Core Pure Mathematics
  • Proof, complex numbers, matrices, further algebra and functions, further calculus, further vectors, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions, differential equations
Further Mathematics Option 1
  • One of Further Pure Mathematics 1, Further Statistics 1, Further Mechanics 1, Decision Mathematics 1
Further Mathematics Option 2
  • One of Further Pure Mathematics 1, Further Statistics 1, Further Mechanics 1, Decision Mathematics 1, Further Statistics 2, Further Mechanics 2, Decision Mathematics 2

Exam Structure

AS Exam Format

Paper 1 Paper 2
Core Pure Mathematics
1 hour and 40 minutes
Further Mathematics Option
1 hour and 40 minutes
 

A2 Exam Format

Papers 1&2 Papers 3&4
Core Pure Mathematics
1 hour and 30 minutes each paper
Further Mathematics: Option 1&2 
1 hour and 30 minutes each paper

Further Mathematics One-Year A level

We follow the Edexcel legacy syllabus for resit candidates..

 

Programme Requirements

Students are normally required to have at least grade A at GCSE Mathematics, or equivalent.

Related Further Study and Careers

Further mathematics is very useful for those who want to read mathematics at university, but it is also highly suited to those who want to study other numerate subjects such as engineering or physics. Mathematics is often studied by those who want to pursue economics or finance-related subjects.


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