A-level Further Maths

Numbers are the language of science and progress. Get ahead of the game and future-proof your prospects with the Edexcel Further Maths A-level

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Overview

Do you know your polar coordinates from your hyperbolic functions? Your vectors from your matrices? If you have a love for all things mathematical and the skills and patience to solve complex problems, then our Edexcel Further Maths A-level is the course for you.

With the unlimited support and guidance of your personal tutor, you'll learn to construct and present mathematical arguments through diagrams, graphs and symbols, develop your understanding of modelling assumptions, solve quadratic equations with real coefficients and much more.

Whilst A-Level Maths focuses on core topics such as calculus and trigonometry, A-level Further Maths takes a deeper look at mathematical principles. It is important to note that you must have already completed A-level Maths or must enrol on A-level Maths alongside this Further Maths Course.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Core mathematics 1

In this unit, you’ll be studying:

  • Proof
  • Complex numbers
  • Matrices
  • Algebra and functions
  • Calculus

Unit 2 - Core mathematics 2

In this unit, you’ll be studying:

  • Vectors
  • Polar coordinates
  • Hyperbolic functions
  • Differential equations


Unit 3 - Further pure mathematics 1

In this unit, you’ll be studying:

  • Further trigonometry
  • Further calculus
  • Further differential equations
  • Co-ordinate systems
  • Further vectors
  • Further numerical methods
  • Inequalities
Unit 4 - Further pure mathematics 2

In this unit, you’ll be studying:

  • Groups
  • Further calculus
  • Further matrix algebra
  • Further complex numbers
  • Number theory
  • Sequences and series
Unit 5 - Statistics 1

In this unit, you’ll be studying:

  • Discrete probability distributions
  • Poisson and binomial distributions
  • Geometric and negative binomial distributions
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Central limit theorem
  • Chi-squared testing
  • Probability generating functions
  • Quality of tests
Unit 6 - Statistics 2

In this unit, you’ll be studying:

  • Linear regression
  • Continuous probability distributions
  • Correlation
  • Combination of random variables
  • Confidence intervals
  • Other hypothesis tests
  • T distribution confidence tests
Unit 7 - Mechanics 1

In this unit, you’ll be studying:

  • Moments and impulse
  • Work, energy and power
  • Elastic springs and strings
  • Elastic collisions
Unit 8 - Mechanics 2

In this unit, you’ll be studying:

  • Motion in a circle
  • Centre of mass
  • Further dynamics
  • Further kinematics
Unit 9 - Decision 1

In this unit, you’ll be studying:

  • Algorithms
  • Graphs
  • Critical path analysis
  • Linear programming
Unit 10 - Decision 2

In this unit, you’ll be studying:

  • Transportation problems
  • Allocation problems
  • Flows in networks
  • Dynamic programming
  • Game theory
  • Recurrence relationship
  • Decision analysis

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Awarding Body

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Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and workplaces in the UK and abroad. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body covering A-Level Courses and GCSE Courses.

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This course carries UCAS points. This means that it can be used to gain direct access to University courses and other Higher Education, through the UCAS system.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive the official qualification: A-level Further Maths, issued by Edexcel. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.

This syllabus (9FMO) has been chosen specifically because it is best suited to distance learning.

How is this course assessed or examined?

You can enrol now for Further Maths A-level examinations from Summer 2023.

For this course you'll be required to complete four standard Edexcel assessments:

  • Paper 1 (core unit): 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of A-level, 75 marks
  • Paper 2 (core unit): 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of A-level, 75 marks

Written Exams:

  • Paper 3: 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of A-level, 75 marks
  • Paper 4: 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of A-level, 75 marks

For papers 3 and 4, students choose 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

Note: There are restrictions on which papers can be taken together - either: any two Option 1 papers OR a matching pair of Option 1 and Option 2 papers.

Entry requirements

It is strongly recommended that you have studied Mathematics to GCSE (e.g. grades 6-9 / grade B-A*) or equivalent level before starting this course. You must already have an A-level in Maths or be studying A-level Maths alongside Further Maths. Further Maths isn't available as a separate course because the course content follows a specific order in relation to A-level Maths. If you intend to study both A-level Maths and A-level Further Maths with Oxbridge, we can guide you as to which topics you will need to cover.

This A-level Further Maths syllabus is a difficulty level three: the equivalent difficulty of an A-level or BTEC, which is usually suitable for most learners of all ages.

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Enjoy flexible, convenient, affordable learning, fully supported by expert tutors who are passionate about their subjects. We pride ourselves on the quality of our course tutors and know that they hold the key to success. Whatever your goals, dreams or aspirations, Oxbridge is here to help you facilitate them.

Exam Results: When will I receive my certificate?

Oxbridge students who sat their exams through our partnership exam centres will usually receive their certificates in November. Certificates will be sent out by recorded delivery.

Wondering what to do next? There are so many options available, it’s important to get the right advice. Whether your choice is to continue onto further education, go into job training or get an apprenticeship and whether your grades are high or low – there are always options! Speak to an adviser today to see how we can support you on your next steps…

Exam Results: I didn't pass English or Maths, what do I do next?

First of all, don’t worry – everything will be okay. Unfortunately, if you didn’t get a grade 4 or higher (equivalent to a C or above) in your English and Maths, you will have to re-take it in order to pass. Oxbridge is ready and available to support you with this. Get in touch via live chat, phone or email.

Exam Results: I have individual unit marks, but no overall grade. What should I do?

Check for a cash-in code on your statement of entry. If there isn’t one, cash-in may not have been applied for. Cash-in can be applied for retrospectively from your exam centre and once entered you can expect an overall grade in one week.

Exam Results: I haven't done as well as I expected in my exams. Is there anything I can do?

Yes! There are a number of post-result services available. Your entering centre will be able to provide you with further information and will process any requests for you. If you’re not sure where to turn, our friendly learning advisers are on hand and ready to help you.

What can I do with my A-levels?

A-levels are a universal way to demonstrate academic competency in a multitude of disciplines. A-levels are subject-based qualifications that lead to either university, further study, training, or work. A-levels serve as a standardised way to demonstrate your academic ability and are very common entry requirements to most higher-level courses.

Why study an online A-level course from home?

A-levels can be studied from home with Oxbridge, using our online platform. On average we find that students receive 20% higher grades and pass around 30% more quickly than in a traditional college.

How many UCAS points is an A-level course?

A-levels are the most common way to access university in the UK. The system in which this is done is called UCAS. This stands for: “the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service”. See the A-level UCAS tariff points breakdown below:

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  • A – 48
  • B – 40
  • C – 32
  • D – 24
  • E – 16
What A-Level courses should I take?

If you’re planning on going on to a degree, your chosen university will usually publish their entry requirements for each course on their website. See how these subjects feel and decide if you would enjoy them as they will form much of the base knowledge for your degree.

If you’re not entirely sure what to study, there are some standard subjects that many students choose to help them secure a place at a prestigious university, such as one of the Russell Group universities. These courses are known as the ‘facilitating courses’ and include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Literature, Geography, History, Maths, Further Maths, Modern Languages and Classical Languages.

Generally speaking, taking two facilitating subjects will allow you to keep your progression options open. For further help and guidance, we have written a detailed guide on How to Choose A-Levels.

How long does it take to study an A-level?

It’s possible to study an A-level course both full-time and part-time. Normally students would study for two years, but with Oxbridge, you can also fast-track your course to complete it in one year.

What are A-Levels?

A-levels (also known as Advanced level qualifications) entail in-depth study of a chosen subject in order to open doors to further study including University, training, and work.

A-levels courses tend to focus on specific academic subjects such as Mathematics, English and the Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course material and the exams you take will be the same everywhere.

Why study A-level Further Maths online?

This Edexcel A-level Further Maths course has been specifically designed to be studied online in your own time and space, with unlimited access to your personal tutor via email and telephone. You’ll have a clear induction to the course and your assignments will be well-structured to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to excel in your exams.

Who should study A-level Further Maths

Mathematics is incredibly useful for those who wish to proceed to university to study subjects such as medicine, engineering or economics, as well as highly valued by employers in many sectors such as accountancy, quantity surveying, astronomy and computer science.

How much do exams cost?

Exam fees vary depending on where you sit them. Planning on studying A-levels or GCSEs with us? Learn more about our exam process for these course categories.

Students can contact our partnership centre to find out more – you can find their details on MyOxbridge under NEAS and Exams.

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