A Level Further Maths

Name of course

A Level Further Maths

Examining board

Edexcel (9FM0)

Link to specification More information about the course can be found from the exam board website here

Course Entry Requirements

To study Further Mathematics at A level students must have achieved at least a Grade 8 at GCSE

Why Mathematics?


Mathematics and Further Mathematics are versatile qualifications, well-respected by employers and are both “facilitating” subjects for entry to higher education.

A level Further Mathematics is fun and rewarding. It broadens your mathematical skills and promotes deeper mathematical thinking. You will be introduced to interesting new areas of pure mathematics such as complex numbers and apply mathematics in a wider range of contexts.

Course Content




Core Pure Mathematics 1 and 2

  • Proof, Complex numbers; Matrices; Further Algebra and Functions; Further calculus;  Further vectors;  Polar coordinates; Hyperbolic functions; Differential equations

Further Mechanics 1

  • Momentum and Impulse; Work, Energy and Power; Elastic springs and strings and elastic energy;   Elastic collisions in one dimension and two dimensions.

Decision Mathematics 1

  • Algorithms and graph theory; Algorithms on graphs; Critical path analysis; Linear programming


Each paper is worth 75 marks and all four exams will be sat at the end of the two year course.  All papers carry equal weighting.

  • Paper 1: Core  Pure Mathematics 1 – 1hr 30mins 
  • Paper 2- Core Pure Mathematics 2  -  1hr 30mins
  • Paper 3-  Further  Mechanics 1- 1hr 30mins
  • Paper 4-  Decision  Mathematics- 1hr 30mins

Where could this course lead to?


Further Mathematics at Advanced Level is challenging but it is an enjoyable and rewarding subject.

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 are planning to pursue a degree such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., or perhaps Mathematics itself, you will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics.

What our students say about studying Further Mathematics


“Studying further maths will make me more attractive to Universities”

“Further does not mean Harder, it just means more. The maths is different to Maths A level”

“I never thought I would say maths was fun, but it is, Further Maths is fun”