A level Further Mathematics

There are very few A levels which are as rigorous at highlighting the academic ability of a pupil. If you wish to study any course involving a high level of Maths then this course must be a serious consideration but it is demanding.


The course is delivered in three elements:

  • Pure Mathematics covering a range of mathematical skills which extend and challenge students beyond the normal A level Mathematics course, introducing mathematical concepts such as proofs, complex numbers, matrices and hyperbolic functions.
  • Decision Mathematics introduces concepts of algorithms, critical path analysis and linear programming.
  • Further Pure Mathematics considers advanced trigonometry, calculus, numerical methods and coordinate systems.

The subject is examined in four separate papers, two Core Pure papers, a Further Pure paper and a Decision Mathematics paper. Each paper contributes equally to the overall grade.

Exam Board

Pearson Edexcel

Entry Criteria

To study Further Mathematics at A level, pupils are required to have gained a grade 8 at GCSE level.

For American Program pupils: corequisite with A level Maths.

Career Pathways

Any career based around STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) will benefit from a Further Mathematics A level. Universities give credit to those with a Further Mathematics background.