Further mathematics is designed for students with an enthusiasm for mathematics, many of whom will go on to degrees in mathematics, engineering, the sciences and economics.
The qualification is both deeper and broader than A level mathematics. AS and A level further mathematics build from GCSE level and AS and A level mathematics. As well as building on algebra and calculus introduced in A level mathematics, the A level further mathematics core content introduces complex numbers and matrices, fundamental mathematical ideas with wide applications in mathematics, engineering, physical sciences and computing. The non-core content includes different options that can enable students to specialise in areas of mathematics that are particularly relevant to their interests and future aspirations. A level further mathematics prepares students for further study and employment in highly mathematical disciplines that require knowledge and understanding of sophisticated mathematical ideas and techniques.
AS further mathematics, which can be co-taught with A level further mathematics as a separate qualification and which can be taught alongside AS or A level mathematics, is a very useful qualification in its own right. It broadens and reinforces the content of AS and A level mathematics, introduces complex numbers and matrices, and gives students the opportunity to extend their knowledge in applied mathematics and logical reasoning. This breadth and depth of study is very valuable for supporting the transition to degree level work and employment in mathematical disciplines.
Paper 1: Core Pure Mathematics 1 (25%, 1 hour 30 mins, 80 marks)
Paper 2: Core Pure Mathematics 2 (25%, 1 hour 30 mins, 80 marks)
Paper 3: Further Mathematics Option 1 (25%, 1 hour 30 mins, 80 marks)
Paper 4: Further Mathematics Option 2 (25%, 1 hour 30 mins, 80 marks)
Students take two optional papers with options available in:
Maths GCSE at grade 8 or above.
It is expected that each student will own a graphic displayed calculator (Cassio fx-CG50).
There is research to suggest that someone who has Mathematics A Level earns more than £15,000 more per year than someone who does not.
An AS/A2 Level in Further Mathematics is an entry requirement for some university courses. It is beneficial to have studied to this level for some careers especially those of a heavy mathematical nature including engineering and aeronautics.