Further Mathematics A level

What will I study in Further Mathematics A level?

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.

Entry requirements

Those wishing to studying Further Mathematics need to have received a grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics.

Units of study

  • Unit 1: 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.
  • Unit 2: Decision Mathematics introduces concepts of algorithms, critical path analysis and linear programming.
  • Unit 3: Further Pure Mathematics considers advanced trigonometry, calculus, numerical methods and coordinate systems.


  • Paper: Core Pure 1 – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Paper:Core Pure 2 – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Paper: Further Pure 1 – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Paper: Decision Mathematics 1 – 1 hour 30 minutes

Each paper contributes equally to the overall grade

Where could it lead?

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