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Further Maths A Level

Pearson Edexcel

A level Further Maths

How can you distinguish yourself as an able mathematician in your university application, and future employment opportunities? You could study A level Further Maths online with NEC.


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We’re delighted to offer the very first A/AS level Further Maths online distance learning course, that teaches advanced level mathematical thinking through high-quality, flexible and innovative learning materials. Study anywhere, at a time that suits you, with access to a subject specialist personal tutor, who will guide you through the course.  

Further Maths A level will enable you to demonstrate a strong commitment to your studies, and is a great opportunity if you’ve not had chance to study further maths at school or college. It’s the perfect course if you’re applying to university, or wish to extend your mathematical skills.

Our course explores topics and mathematical theories such as further calculus, coordinate systems, chi-squared tests and matrices/inverses. Developed using MEI (Maths in Education and Industry) Integral online learning materials, our A Level Further Maths online course runs perfectly alongside Edexcel’s AS/A level mathematics or, if you already have A level Maths, as an independent, stand-alone course.

Why study Further Maths?

Maths is well-recognised as a facilitating subject and is seen as hugely beneficial by universities and employers alike – when considering student or employee credentials.

Developing your subject knowledge through A level Further Maths is a challenge you’ll relish. This course is also recommended if you wish to pursue a career in many specialist fields. Our Further Maths A level online course is ideal if you:

  • Want to be at the forefront of technological advancement. Maths is continually developing new theories which, in turn enable scientific discoveries and inventions.
  • Would like to pursue a career where a deeper knowledge of maths is a requirement.
  • Are keen to further develop your competence in a range of mathematical areas.
  • Aspire to running your own business and need to get more of a grasp on how business finances work such as calculating costs and profits.
  • Have an interest in studying maths to a highly advanced level.

Future opportunities

  • Studying mathematics, STEM subjects or other relevant subjects at degree level.
  • A range of careers including those in engineering, computer science, architecture, accountancy, the Civil Service, data analysis, financial trading, insurance, meteorology, nursing, quantity surveying, statistics, software development and education.
  • Government research suggests those individuals who have the best maths skills and achieve academic qualifications in this subject, generally go on to earn a higher wage.

Course content

Section 1: Core pure mathematics, Part 1

  • Complex numbers
  • Roots of polynomials
  • Matrices and transformations

Section 2: Core pure mathematics, Part 2

  • Sequences and series
  • Proof by induction
  • Matrices and inverses

Section 3: Core pure mathematics, Part 3

  • Further calculus
  • Complex numbers and geometry
  • Vectors and 3D space

Section 4: Further pure, Part 1 (Option 1)

One of two options must be chosen for Section 4.

  • Inequalities
  • Coordinate systems
  • Trigonometry
  • Vectors
  • Numerical methods

Section 4: Statistics, Part 1 (Option 2)

One of two options must be chosen for Section 4.

  • Discrete random variables
  • Discrete distributions, part 1
  • Discrete distributions, part 2
  • Chi-squared numbers

Section 5: Further pure, Part 1 (Option 1)

One of three options must be chosen for Section 5. This option must be different to that chosen for Section 4.

  • Inequalities
  • Coordinate systems
  • Trigonometry
  • Vectors
  • Numerical methods

Section 5: Statistics, Part 1 (Option 2)

One of three options must be chosen for Section 5. This option must be different to that chosen for Section 4.

  • Discrete random variables
  • Discrete distributions, part 1
  • Discrete distributions, part 2
  • Chi-squared numbers

Section 5: Mechanics, Part 1 (Option 3)

One of three options must be chosen for Section 5. This option must be different to that chosen for Section 4.

  • Work, energy and power, part 1
  • Work, energy and power, part 2
  • Impulse and momentum, part 1
  • Impulse and momentum, part 2

Section 6: Core Pure Mathematics 4

  • Sequences and series 2
  • Complex numbers 3
  • Hyperbolic functions

Section 7: Core Pure Mathematics 5

  • Maclaurin series
  • Polar coordinates

Section 8: Core Pure Mathematics 6

  • Further calculus
  • Hyperbolic functions 2
  • Applications of integration
  • First order differential equations
  • Second order differential equations

Sections 9 and 10

Students study the same subjects chosen as options in Sections 4 and 5, but at a higher level.

Part 2 Option 1 Further Pure 1

  • Further calculus
  • Further differential equations
  • Further coordinate systems
  • Further inequalities

Part 2 Option 2 Statistics 1

  • Further discrete distributions
  • The central limit theorem
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Probability generating functions

Part 2 Option 3 Mechanics 1

  • Hooke’s law
  • Hooke’s law 2
  • Oblique impacts

Study A level Further Mathematics with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • Support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Our exam booking service
  • Assignments with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from Student Support
  • Forums to discuss your course with other students


Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.

This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.

Your tutor

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.

Meet Colleen who is just one of our first-class Further Maths tutors

“As a small child I loved Maths and that has never changed! As well as my own passion for the subject I love to teach the subject to others, helping them overcome any fear of the subject and showing them just how rewarding the study of Maths can be.

My approach to teaching has always been to help students to be the best they can possibly be; no question is too trivial, there is no such thing as a dumb question, the dumb thing to do is not to ask! I have a keen interest in how students learn.

I have been involved in education throughout my career, specialising in Mathematics and IT as a teacher in schools, as a distance learning tutor and also a trainer so I am used to teaching all ages. I also have a great deal of examining experience and am a Member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.”

What you need to know

Exam board

  • Edexcel 9FM0


  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor


  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 300-360* hours plus time to develop your skills and for completing assignments

*The specification suggests that 300 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams. Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect it to take you approximately 480 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 5 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame.


  • 11 assignments (one introductory) – these do not contribute towards your final grade


  • No additional set texts required
  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

What's included?

Our course fees are clear and transparent to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • 24/7 access to learn@nec platform and resources
  • Expertly designed online course materials (including ebook versions of textbooks where specified) that you need to complete the course
  • Support from our Student Services team
  • Structured assignments carefully designed to prepare you for exams
  • Guidance from your tutor for up to 24 months from your date of enrolment
  • Extensive feedback to all assignments that will support your learning
  • NEA (coursework) marking and authentication
  • Marking for one examination paper (from a previous year)
  • Guaranteed exam place
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner template to help you plan your study timetable
  • Information on how to apply for exams

Your course fee does not cover:

  • Any fees in relation to exam entries or assessments
  • Centre Assessment Grades (CAG) in the event of exam cancellation
  • Recommended textbooks for additional reading or set texts

If you need more support, you can purchase:

  • Online tutorials – if you need help with a specific topic you can arrange a 30 minute or 1 hour tutorial
  • Additional past paper marking – to help with your exam preparation
  • Revision tutorial –  to plan your revision and explore revision techniques
  • Help with your UCAS application service

For further information on additional/optional support you can purchase, please visit our additional services page.

Exams and assessment

  • Exams (four):
  • 25% of marks  (1 hour 30 minutes) (calculator)
  • 25% of marks  (1 hour 30 minutes) (calculator)
  • 25% of marks  (1 hour 30 minutes) (calculator)
  • 25% of marks  (1 hour 30 minutes) (calculator)
  • There is no non-exam assessment (NEA) for this course

Additional support if you’re under 18

We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies. In our experience learning online works best when either a parent or guardian are involved. This is why NEC has developed our unique Progress Tracker to help you to support your child.

NEC’s Progress Tracker will allow you to easily track your child’s progress across their subjects and gain insight to how well they are doing through access to their assignment grades and tutor feedback.  

Read more about how we work with young students who are studying at home or through a school.

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