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GCSE Further Mathematics

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our GCSE Further Mathematics specification encourages students to extend their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding. It gives them opportunities to select and apply mathematical techniques and methods to everyday situations. It challenges and stretches students to broaden their mathematical knowledge to a more advanced level.

Students design mathematical models that allow them to use problem-solving strategies and apply a broad range of mathematics to different situations.

This qualification targets students who require knowledge of mathematics beyond GCSE Mathematics. It broadens the experience of students who are capable of working beyond the limits of GCSE Mathematics (Higher Tier) and those who want to progress to AS/A level courses.

The specification exceeds the level of challenge offered by GCSE Mathematic qualifications in England and our revised GCSE Mathematics (Higher Tier). There are no other GCSE specifications in the UK comparable to this qualification. It offers optional units covering mechanics, statistics, and discrete and decision mathematics.

Each unit is assessed by external written examination in the form of a single question-and-answer booklet.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE Further Mathematics is unitised, so itís possible to take part of the assessment before the end of the course.

The specification has four units. Students must complete Unit 1, which is mandatory, and two of the three other units.

  • Unit 1: Pure Mathematics
  • Unit 2: Mechanics
  • Unit 3: Statistics
  • Unit 4: Discrete and Decision Mathematics.

(PDF), Last Updated: 18 October 2019

Specification (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 October 2019
Specification (Irish-Medium)

Related Circulars

GCSE Assessment Arrangements
(PDF), Last Updated: 20 September 2017

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
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