Further Maths A Level

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Content and assessment overview

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Further Mathematics consists of four externally-examined papers. Students must take Paper 1 and Paper 2, the two mandatory Core Pure papers, and two optional papers. Students are permitted to take more than the two optional papers if they want to extend their course of study. Less than 2% of the A Level cohort in the country take Further Maths as a Qualification so it really will help you stand out!

Students must complete all assessments in May/June in any single year.

Paper 1: Core Mathematics 1

Paper 2: Core Mathematics 2

Each paper is: 1 hour and 30 minutes written exam, 75 marks, worth 25% of the qualification
Content Overview

Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations

Assessment Overview

  • Paper 1 and Paper 2 may contain questions on any topics from the Pure Mathematics content.
  • Students must answer all questions.
  • Calculators can be used in the assessment.
Further Mathematics Optional Papers
Each paper is: 1 hour and 30 minutes written exam, 75 marks, worth 25% of the qualification
Content overview

Students can take two options from the following eight:

Option 1 Papers

  • Further Pure Mathematics 1
  • Further Statistics 1
  • Further Mechanics 1
  • Decision Mathematics 1
Option 2 Papers

  • Further Pure Mathematics 2
  • Further Statistics 2
  • Further Mechanics 2
  • Decision Mathematics 2
There are restrictions on which papers can be taken together.

Students choose a pair of options, either:

  • Any two Option 1 papers
  • A matching pair of Option 1 and Option 2 papers

This makes a total of ten different option pairs.

Assessment Overview

  • Students must answer all questions.
  • Calculators can be used in the assessment.

Transferable Skills

Cognitive skills:

  • Non-routine problem solving – expert thinking, metacognition, creativity.
  • Systems thinking – decision making and reasoning.
  • Critical thinking – definitions of critical thinking are broad and usually involve general cognitive skills such as analysing, synthesising and reasoning skills.
  • ICT literacy – access, manage, integrate, evaluate, construct and communicate. [ 3] Interpersonal skills
  • Communication – active listening, oral communication, written communication, assertive communication and non-verbal communication.
  • Relationship-building skills – teamwork, trust, intercultural sensitivity, service orientation, self-presentation, social influence, conflict resolution and negotiation.
  • Collaborative problem solving – establishing and maintaining shared understanding, taking appropriate action, establishing and maintaining team organisation. Intrapersonal skills
  • Adaptability – ability and willingness to cope with the uncertain, handling work stress, adapting to different personalities, communication styles and cultures, and physical adaptability to various indoor and outdoor work environments.
  • Self-management and self-development – ability to work remotely in virtual teams, work autonomously, be self-motivating and self-monitoring, willing and able to acquire new information and skills related to work.

Transferable skills enable young people to face the demands of further and higher education, as well as the demands of the workplace, and are important in the teaching and learning of this qualification. We will provide teaching and learning materials, developed with stakeholders, to support our qualifications.

More information can be found here:  A level Further Mathematics specification (pearson.com)