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We are delighted to introduce Cambridge International AS Level Further Mathematics – an exciting new addition to our maths suite. We have updated this qualification to improve choice and flexibility and to encourage more candidates to consider Further Mathematics by adding a Cambridge International AS Level to this syllabus.
To redevelop this qualification, we have consulted with universities, subject expert panels and teachers. They told us that adding an AS Level to our Cambridge International A Level Further Mathematics syllabus will help candidates build a strong foundation in mathematics before studying a broad range of subjects at university. Schools and universities have welcomed this change because it will support learners who want to study more mathematics at Cambridge International AS & A Level.
Cambridge AS & A Level Further Mathematics develops a set of transferable skills including working with mathematical information. Learners will develop the ability to think logically and independently, consider accuracy, model situations mathematically, analyse results and reflect on findings. They can apply these skills across a wide range of subjects, whether they are progressing to higher education or directly into employment. Learners will find that the additional time spent studying this subject will support their understanding of Cambridge International A Level Mathematics.
The key concepts for Cambridge International AS & A Level Further Mathematics are:
This further maths qualification is designed to stretch the most capable learners. Learners must also study the Cambridge International AS & A Level Mathematics syllabus. Depending on local university entrance requirements and the options learners have chosen, they may be able to use it to progress directly to university courses in mathematics or related subjects. It is also suitable as part of a course of general education.
Our schools told us they really value further mathematics, but found it difficult to offer it with its current structure. They said that the mechanics content in this syllabus could be more accessible and it was difficult to find teachers to deliver it. We have listened to this feedback and made some changes:
We have removed optional questions from examination papers to ensure that candidates all receive the same assessment experience. Our research has shown us that candidates do not benefit from a choice of questions in mathematics at this level. The assessment is now focussed on individual content areas for each paper: Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Probability and Mechanics.
This syllabus is available for teaching from September 2018. Examinations will be in June and November 2020, 2021 and 2022. Please note: Prior knowledge of the updated Cambridge International AS & A Level Mathematics syllabus (9709) is required before starting (see below).
It is expected that learners will have studied the majority of the Cambridge International AS & A Level Mathematics subject content before studying Cambridge International AS & A Level Further Mathematics.
The prior knowledge required for each Further Mathematics component is detailed in the revised syllabus. The syllabuses are not designed for taking Cambridge International AS Level Mathematics and Cambridge International AS Level Further Mathematics in parallel after only one year of study.
We are developing a comprehensive support package to help you deliver the new Cambridge International AS & A Level Further Mathematics syllabus. The resources will be available in March 2018 in time for first teaching and can be accessed via our Teacher Support site.
A range of text books prepared by our Core Team Publishers will be available prior to first teaching.
See our events and training calendar for courses to support those teaching this syllabus.
Learn more: See the Syllabus changes document or visit the Cambridge International AS & A Level Further Mathematics page.