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Further Mathematics Edexcel GCE Advanced

Any student capable of passing an AS/A level in Mathematics should also be able to pass AS Further Mathematics. Studying Further Mathematics consolidates and reinforces your standard A level Mathematics work, helping you to achieve your best possible grades.

If you are planning to take a degree such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., or perhaps Mathematics itself, you will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics, at least to AS level. AS Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many STEM degrees. Students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to such degrees far more straightforward. If you decide to study for a mathematically rich degree during Lower Sixth, but are not taking AS Further Mathematics it may be possible to start AS Further Mathematics alongside A level Mathematics in Upper Sixth.

Further Mathematics qualifications are highly regarded and are warmly welcomed by universities. Students who take Further Mathematics are really demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies, as well as learning mathematics that is very useful for any mathematically rich degree. Some prestigious university courses require you to have a Further Mathematics qualification and others may adjust their grade requirements more favourably to students with Further Mathematics.

If you are not planning to study for mathematically rich degrees but are keen on mathematics you will find Further Mathematics a very enjoyable course and having a Further Mathematics qualification identifies you as having excellent analytical skills, whatever area you are considering for a career.

Assessment: 4 papers each of 1h 30mins.
  • Paper 1: Pure. Content overview
  • Proof
  • Complex Numbers
  • Matrices
  • Further algebra and functions
  • Further calculus
  • Further vectors
  • Paper 2: Pure. Content overview
  • Complex numbers
  • Furthe algebra and functions
  • Further calculus
  • Polar coordinates
  • Hyperbolic functions
  • Differential equations
  • NB: All the content of the specification for Paper 1 is assumed knowledge for Paper 2 and may also be tested within parts of questions. Paper 2 is designed to build upon the content of paper 1.
  • Paper 3: Option 1: Further Statistics 1
  • Linear regression
  • Statistical distributions (discrete)
  • Statistical Distributions (continuous)
  • Correlation
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Statistical Hypothesis Testing
  • Chi squared tests
  • Paper 4: option 2: Further Mechanics 1
  • Momentum and impulse
  • Collisions
  • Centres of mass
  • Work and energy
  • Elastic strings and springs

Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus