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Further Mathematics

As Maths is such a vast subject, it is impossible to cover it all in one A Level. Further Maths develops some of the concepts met in A Level Maths and brings them to a higher plane. It attracts students who thoroughly enjoy the subject and are keen to extend their understanding and knowledge.

Subject Type: A Level
Details of Exam Board: Edexcel
Entry Requirements:
  • 5 GCSEs, grade 4 or above, English. Grade 8 or 9 in Maths GCSE.
  • Must be studying Maths A Level alongside Further Maths.
Last three years destinations:
  • Bsc (Hons) Maths at Durham University
  • Bsc (Hons) Maths at Liverpool John Moores University
  • Bsc (Hons) Maths and Economics at Liverpool University
  • Bsc (Hons) Statistics at Glasgow University

It will appeal to you if Maths is one of your favourite subjects at school as it gives you the chance to study a wide variety of fascinating topics, including some more demanding and abstract areas.

Course Aims

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.

Are you planning to study A-Level mathematics? Do you really enjoy mathematics and consider it to be one of your favourite subjects? Do you plan to study for a degree in a maths-rich subject such as engineering, science, computing, economics or mathematics itself? If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’ then you should seriously consider studying A-Level Further Mathematics!


Nearly all of our A Level Further Maths students go on to university to study Maths or to study a Maths-related degree subject, such as Physics, Engineering or Computer Science. Further Maths is often listed as a preferred or essential A Level subject by top universities for entry onto these degree courses.


Assessment is based on four papers which carry an equal weighting. Each paper will have a duration of 1 hour 30 minutes.

Paper 1 and Paper 2 – These papers will be based on any of the core pure mathematics studied in the course.

Paper 3 and Paper 4 – These papers bring an element of choice and will be taken from further pure, further statistics, further mechanics or decision maths.