A-level Further Mathematics


Further Mathematics is designed to enable you to study a wide range of options in pure Mathematics, Mechanics, Statistics, and Decision Mathematics. You will develop methods that will help you solve problems across a wide range of contexts, including Engineering, Computer Science and Economics.

Course type

A-level (AS and A2)

Course length

AS-level: one year, A-level: two years

Required qualifications

You will need to have averaged grade B in the majority of your GCSEs, including grades 7-9 in Mathematics. You must also be taking A-level Mathematics.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • Pure Mathematics (including higher levels of calculus)
  • complex numbers and matrices
  • Advanced Statistics and Mechanics
  • Decision and Discrete Mathematics

On the course you will:

  • explore and investigate mathematical theorems and ideas in more detail

Please note: This is a challenging A-level which you are strongly advised to research well before choosing as one of your subject options. You need to be passionate about Mathematics and you must have strong algebraic skills.

Method of assessment

The six units are assessed by examinations.

What will I be able to progress to?

AS/A-level Further Mathematics fits well with almost any combination of subjects and offers progression opportunities to a range of degrees or careers. If you are considering a degree in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or Computer Science at a highly competitive university, you are strongly advised to study Further Mathematics to at least AS-level. Please note that Further Mathematics is not suitable for students intending to study medicine at university.

AS-level Further Mathematics is becoming an increasingly recommended fourth subject at Russell Group universities. AS/A-level Statistics is of great value too and an alternative to AS Further Mathematics, if you are interested in an Economics-related or Biomedical degree.

Other information

You can opt to study AS-level Further Mathematics in your second year.