Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics (8360)

General Information

This qualification has been extended so that it will be available for all students in 2019. It is our intention to redevelop it for first assessment in 2020 to ensure that it still fulfils its stated purpose of filling the gap between GCSE Maths and further studies in Maths at Level 3.

From 2017 only the new reformed GCSE in mathematics (or AS levels in mathematics and further mathematics) will count towards the Ebacc and in the mathematics slot of Progress 8.

The AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics is an untiered Level 2 linear qualification for learners who
  • either already have, or are expected to achieve grades A and A* in GCSE Mathematics
  • are likely to progress to A-Level study in Mathematics and possibly Further Mathematics 
It is awarded on a five-grade scale: A* with Distinction (A^), A*, A, B and C.


This qualification fills the gap for high achieving students by assessing their higher order mathematical skills, particularly in algebraic reasoning, in greater depth without infringing upon AS Level mathematics, thus preparing them fully to maximise their potential in further studies at Level 3. It offers the opportunity for stretch and challenge that builds on the Key Stage 4 curriculum and is intended as an additional qualification to the GCSE Mathematics, rather than as a replacement.

The content assumes prior knowledge of the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study and covers the areas of algebra and geometry, which are crucial to further study in the subject, in greater depth and breadth. This new qualification places an emphasis on higher order technical proficiency, rigorous argument and problem solving skills. It also gives an introduction to calculus and matrices and develops further skills in trigonometry, functions and graphs.

The qualification is designed to be assessed as a full Level 2 mathematics qualification in its own right and is therefore not dependent on GCSE mathematics.

Therefore there are no prior learning requirements but there is the expectation that candidates have some assumed knowledge.