Update to Edexcel AS and A level Further Mathematics 2017

Tue Feb 07 11:39:00 UTC 2017

Following recent feedback from Ofqual, we’ve made a change to our draft Edexcel AS and A level Further Mathematics 2017 qualifications. Please see details below. 

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Options in AS and A level Further Mathematics

A level Further Mathematics

There will be two compulsory papers – Further Pure Mathematics 1 and 2 – which will assess the compulsory content. Any of the compulsory content can appear on either paper.

For the optional content, there will be eight papers assessing the optional content as shown in the table below and candidates choose two papers, either:

  • any two from column A, or
  • a matching pair from columns A and B
Column A Column B
Further Pure Mathematics 3  Further Pure Mathematics 4 
Further Statistics 1  Further Statistics 2 
Further Mechanics 1  Further Mechanics 2 
Decision Mathematics 1  Decision Mathematics 2

Each of the eight papers will contain half AS content and half A level content.

There are ten options available as follows:

Further Pure Mathematics 3 Further Pure Mathematics 4
  Further Statistics 1
  Further Mechanics 1
  Decision Mathematics 1
Further Statistics 1 Further Statistics 2
  Further Mechanics 1
  Decision Mathematics 1
Further Mechanics 1 Further Mechanics 2
  Decision Mathematics 1
Decision Mathematics 1 Decision Mathematics 2

AS Further Mathematics

In the AS structure, candidates will take one compulsory paper. For their optional paper, each of the ten A level options will have an equivalent AS option.

Each option will be assessed in a single exam paper which will have two sections.

Example

A candidate chooses to do a mixture of mechanics and decision maths for their AS option. They will study half the content of each of the A level options: Further Mechanics 1 and Decision Mathematics 1. The exam paper they sit will have section A: Further Mechanics 1 and section B: Decision Mathematics 1.

Papers

Papers are constructed so that every candidate studying the same option answers the same questions. For example, there will be a single section that covers Further Statistics 1. This section will form half of four optional exam papers. It will be section B of the paper covering Further Pure Mathematics 3 / Further Statistics 1, and it will be section A of the three papers covering the options: Further Statistics 1 / Further Statistics 2; Further Statistics 1 / Further Mechanics 1; and Further Statistics 1 / Decision Mathematics 1.

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