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.


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

What do I need?

5 GCSEs grade 5 or above including English and Mathematics at grade 7 or above or equivalent international qualifications.

For international students who have taken IELTS, we require an overall score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 for each of the reading and writing components.

For international students who have taken IGCSE English (Second Language), we require grade 5 or above.

A minimum of grade B in A-Level Mathematics must be achieved at the end of a student’s first year for her or him to progress into A-level Further Mathematics.

What should I study with Further Mathematics?

You will have completed A-Level Mathematics before studying A-Level Further Mathematics so when detailing your A-Levels on the College’s application form write ‘A-Level Mathematics with A-Level Further Mathematics’ and add two more subjects. Physics and 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.