Further Mathematics (AQA)

Further Mathematics builds on many ideas studied in the A level Mathematics course, whilst also introducing some completely separate concepts; consequently this course must be studied alongside the A level Mathematics. Further mathematics introduces students to powerful and interesting concepts such as matrices and complex numbers. It is currently the only way for students to study discrete (“decision”) maths, which gives an insight into the logic used in computers to order and process information.

Further Mathematics is an excellent course choice for someone who wishes to study a course at university with a high mathematical content, for example Mathematics, the Sciences, or any form of Engineering. The course can be studied as either a third or fourth A level, however if you plan to study it as one of three A levels, it is important that you are well informed on the entry requirements of the university courses that you are considering.

A Level

Paper 1 assesses:

– Pure Maths: proof, complex numbers, matrices, algebra and functions, calculus, vectors, polar coordinates, hyperbolic functions, differential equations, trigonometry and numerical methods

Assessment: Written exam, 2 hours, 1/3 of A Level

Paper 2 assesses the same content as Paper 1.

Assessment: Written exam in two sections, 2 hours, 1/3 of A Level

Paper 3 assesses:

– Discrete: Graphs, networks, network flows, linear programming, critical path analysis, game theory (zero-sum games) and binary operations.

– Mechanics: Dimensional analysis, momentum and collisions, work, energy and power, circular motion, centre of mass and moments.

Assessment: Written exam, 2 hours, 1/3 of A Level

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including Grade 8 in GCSE Mathematics.

Updated September 2023