Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: Grade 8 in mathematics

What will you learn?

You may only take Further Maths if you also study Mathematics A level.

Over the year, you will be introduced to new maths systems that change the laws of maths as you know it!

Core Pure Mathematics

  • Proof
  • Complex numbers
  • Matrices
  • Series
  • Further calculus
  • Further vectors
  • Polar co-ordinates
  • Hyperbolic functions

Further Pure Mathematics

  • Further trigonometry
  • Further calculus
  • Further differential equations
  • Further inequalities
  • Further Applied Maths

You will build upon the work you covered in A-Level maths on either statistics or mechanics. This will go into much more depth and cover topics that you would see at university if you are studying a mathematics related degree.

What does the assessment look like?

The A level course consists of four papers:

  • 2 Core Pure Maths papers
  • 1 Further Pure Maths paper
  • 1 Applied maths paper on either statistics or mechanics.

The four papers are equally weighted at 25% of an A-Level each.

Choose this subject if you…

Are a confident mathematician that is particularly interested in studying a mathematical degree at university.

What can an A-level in this subject lead to?

Top universities will expect students to have an A-Level in maths and further maths, if they wish to study maths at that institution. Oxbridge and Warwick will also expect students to sit an additional maths admissions test for that university.

Recommended reading:

  • Alex through the looking glass – Alex Bellos
  • Alex’s adventures in numberland – Alex Bellos
  • Journey through genius: The great theories of mathematics – William Dunham