Further Mathematics is an AS or A level qualification which both broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in A level Mathematics. Further Mathematics is taken alongside an AS or A level in Mathematics.
See Why study Further Mathematics? for more information about the benefits of taking Further Mathematics.
The information on this page applies to students starting Further Mathematics qualifications in 2017. Students who started Further Mathematics before this will have studied a course with a different structure.
A level Further Mathematics is a separate A level that is usually taken in addition to taking A level Mathematics. Half of the content of this will be Further Pure and the remainder will be from options such as Mechanics, Statistics, Decision Mathematics or extra Further Pure.
AS level Further Mathematics is a separate AS level that can be studied alongside AS level Mathematics in year 12, or taken up as a new AS subject alongside studying A level Mathematics in year 13. At least 30% of the content of this will be Further Pure and the remainder will be from options such as Mechanics, Statistics, Decision Mathematics or extra Further Pure.
A level Further Mathematics students who study an appropriate combination of options in year 12 are able to sit AS Further Mathematics at the end of their first year of study; however, any grade achieved in this will not count towards their final A level Further Mathematics grade.
The structure of AS and A level Further Mathematics varies across the different specifications. For details for each specification see: AS/A level Further Mathematics Structure.
The content of A level Mathematics is the same across all examination boards. The choice of applied units and other further pure units and their contents varies depending on the examination board. You can check the course structure, choice of available units and topics covered by downloading the relevant specification from the examination board’s website. Ask a teacher at your school or college for information about which specification is currently taught.