A-Level Further Mathematics

Equipping Pupils For A Range Of Careers

Exam Board and Specification Codes: Edexcel 9FM0

Why Study Further Maths?

Pupils who study both Maths and Further Maths (commonly called Double Maths) are usually looking to take a highly-mathematical course at university, such as Engineering, Physics or Maths itself. For many other university courses Double Maths would be considered to be too much Maths, unless Further Maths is a fourth A-Level. If students are unsure as to whether Double Maths would be suitable for their preferred university course, they should contact the relevant admissions tutor.

What is covered by the course?

Half of Further Maths A-level is compulsory, and consists of two Core Pure Maths papers. In these Core Pure Maths papers students learn about Complex Numbers, Polar Coordinates, Matrices and Hyperbolic Functions, as well as greatly extending the Algebra and Calculus covered in A-level Maths. The other half of Further Maths A-level lets students choose their other two papers from options in Further Pure Maths, Further Statistics, Further Mechanics and Decision Maths.

In Brief

  • Papers 1 and 2 cover the Core Pure Maths part of the course, Papers 3 and 4 cover the options – Further Pure Maths, Further Statistics, Further Mechanics and Decision Maths.
  • All papers are 1 hour 30 minutes long
  • All papers are equally weighted
  • No coursework

HOW IS IT EXAMINED?

This is a new specification, and many aspects relating to the award of grades have not yet been decided.

RELATED UNIVERSITY COURSES?

A-Level Further Maths is preferred or required for a number of higly-mathematical courses at university, such as Engineering, Physics or Maths itself.