Full name of specification
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Further Mathematics
Exam board specification link
Name of textbook if used
Edexcel AS and A level Further Mathematics Core Pure Mathematics Year 1/AS
Edexcel AS and A level Further Mathematics Core Pure Mathematics Year 2
What is ALevel Mathematics?
A-level Further Mathematics is designed for those who are both talented in Mathematics and enjoy it. A Level Further Mathematics builds on some of the concepts met in A Level Maths and is able to extend these into other areas such as Complex Numbers, Differential Equations and Matrices.
Why study this course?
Further Maths allows the most talented Mathematicians to study varied and increasingly complex areas of Mathematics in greater depth. Further Maths is the most sought-after A-level for those looking to study Maths, Physics, Economics, Computing or Engineering at university.
What can you expect from this course?
All Further maths students study a Pure Core content which equates to about two-thirds of the exam papers at the end of the two-year course. This includes complex numbers, matrices, proof by induction, sum of standard series, further calculus, hyperbolic functions and differential equations.
The last third of the course is up to the individual where the teachers can suggest from the following options. Decision maths (closely linked to computer science A level), Further mechanics (closely linked to physics A level), Further statistics and Further Pure content.
How is it assessed?
The course is assessed over four exams, two core exams where you’ll encounter complex numbers, matrices and differential equations alongside two option modules chosen from Further Mechanics, Further Pure, Further Statistics or Decision Maths.
What are the entry requirements?
GCSE grade 8 and above.
What can I do after completing this qualification?
What will I study? (include unit numbers and names)
The key areas of mathematics are studied: pure
mathematics, mechanics, statistics and decision.
Additional activities within this subject
Use of graphing software, such as Geogebra and Desmos.
Wider Reading list
Why do buses come in threes? – Rob Easterway
Fermat’s Last Theorem – Simon Singh
Alex’s Adventures in Numberland – Alex Bellos
The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets – Simon Singh
Useful links or Apps
Online textbook –
Miss Bell, Mr Dunn, Mr Evans