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Further Maths

Further Maths

Further Mathematics


Specification: OCR (MEI)


Qualification type: A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades)

Mathematics 7 or above


Subject description

Mathematics is the only subject with a second A Level. Further Mathematics gives the opportunity to study exciting areas of Mathematics, such as complex numbers matrices and differential equations in more depth and breadth. The topics covered will deepen your knowledge and understanding of both pure and applied Mathematics and provide an introduction to those studied at degree level.

The content of the A Level Further Mathematics B (MEI) consists of a mandatory unit of Pure Mathematics and then a combination of optional units.


There are three possible routes:

Route A: Candidates must take the mandatory core pure and Mechanics major units and then one further optional minor unit, excluding Mechanics minor.

Route B: Candidates must take the mandatory core pure and Statistics major units and then one further optional minor unit, excluding Statistics minor.

Route C: Candidates must take the mandatory core pure unit and then three further minor optional units.  The route chosen will depend on the strengths and interests of the class.


The content is listed below, under four headings:

  1. Mathematical processes consisting of mathematical argument and language, problem-solving and mathematical modelling. This content is assessed in every unit.
  2. Core pure content
  3. Major options

Mechanics major, Statistics major

  1. Minor options

Mechanics minor, Statistics minor, Modelling with algorithms, Numerical methods, Extra pure, Further pure with technology.


How the course is assessed

There will be three exam papers at the end of the course to assess all the content:

  1. Pure Mathematics, a two-hour 40-minute paper
  2. Major option, a two-our 15-minute paper
  3. Minor option, a 1 hour 15-minute paper

Post-18 opportunities

Further Mathematics will develop your problem-solving and analytical skills, which are highly valued by both employers and universities. Further Mathematics is strongly recommended for degrees in Mathematics, Physical Sciences or Engineering.  It will also help increase your success at university in other maths-related subjects, such as Computing and Economics.


Teacher responsible:  Mr A Gemmell