Further Maths

As Maths is such a vast subject, it is impossible to cover it all in one A Level. Further Maths develops some of the concepts met in A Level Maths and brings them to a higher plane. It attracts students who thoroughly enjoy the subject and are keen to extend their understanding and knowledge. It will appeal to you if Maths is one of your favourite subjects at school as it gives you the chance to study a wide variety of fascinating topics, including some more demanding and abstract areas.
Course Aims

As well as building on algebra and calculus introduced in A-level Mathematics, the A-level Further Mathematics core content introduces complex numbers and matrices, fundamental mathematical ideas with wide applications in Mathematics, Engineering, Physical Sciences and Computing.

Entry Requirements
It is a pre-requisite to study A-level Further Maths that you are studying A-level Maths. In addition to this you must also have a grade 8 or 9 in GCSE Maths.
Nearly all of our A Level Further Maths students go on to university to study Maths or to study a Maths-related degree subject, such as Physics, Engineering or Computer Science. Further Maths is often listed as a preferred or essential A Level subject by top universities for entry onto these degree courses.
Awarding Body
Edexcel A-level Further Mathematics. This is a level 3 qualification.

Assessment is based on four papers which carry an equal weighting. Each paper will have a duration of 1 hour 30 minutes.

Paper 1 and Paper 2 – These papers will be based on any of the core pure mathematics studied in the course.

Paper 3 and Paper 4 – These papers bring an element of choice and will be taken from further pure, further statistics, further mechanics or decision maths.

Related Courses


Chemistry is the study of the substances that make both us and the things that surround us. If we did not understand what these substances were or how they work we could not cure diseases, develop new materials or respond to and correct changes in our environment. The...

read more

Core Maths

Core Maths at Rainhill Sixth Form is a relatively new Level 3 qualification enabling students to develop their mathematics skills and gain UCAS points towards an application to university. The course sits within the A-level programme but is equivalent to an AS level...

read more


The Physics A-Level course at Rainhill Sixth Form aims to develop theoretical and applied Physics through practical skills, data analysis and problem solving. With a focus on quality, high expectations and logic skills, we aim to offer an enjoyable and challenging...

read more