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MATHEMATICS - delivered at St Thomas Aquinas School at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Course description


Advanced Mathematics  

To promote the links between Education and Industry in Mathematics at secondary school level and to develop an awareness of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, to the world of work and to society in general

Course content


In Year 12 students will need to complete three units of work in Mathematics. The three units taken in Year 12 will be:

Core 1             June exam           1hr 30 mins

This course is designed to build on and develop the techniques students have learnt at GCSE so that they acquire the fluency required for advanced work. The unit covers work on algebra, polynomials, co-ordinate geometry and curve sketching. It will be examined by means of a non-calculator exam.

Core 2             June exam           1hr 30 mins

This module aims to introduce students to a number of topics that are fundamental to the advanced study of mathematics, including calculus, trigonometry, sequences and series. Statistics 1 June exam 1hr 30 mins The objectives of this module are to enable students to build on and extend the data handling and sampling techniques they have learnt at GCSE. The module covers fundamental aspects of statistics including managing data, probability, the normal distribution and an introduction to hypothesis testing.


If students are successful and wish to continue with the Year 12 course in Year 13 they will need to complete 3 further units which currently are:

Core 3             June exam             1hr 30 mins

This module introduces major new concepts in Pure Mathematics such as functions, logarithms and exponentials and extends the calculus techniques introduced in Core 1.

Core 4             June exam              1hr 30 mins

This final Pure Mathematics module extends the work covered in Core 1-3, and establishes further techniques in algebra and trigonometry including parametric co-ordinates and vector geometry in 3 dimensions.

Decision 1 June exam 1hr 30 mins The final unit of the A2 course will be Decision Mathematics 1 which covers areas of applied mathematics relating directly to real world problems.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved an Average Point Score across all your GCSE subjects of 45+ and a grade 5 in Maths

Future opportunities

Career Propects

Mathematics is required by wide range of students, from those intending to read the subject at university to those needing particular techniques to support other subjects or their chosen careers. Mathematics is an integral part of careers in Communications Engineering and Transmissions, Accountancy, the Robotics Industry, Physics, Satellite Technology, Cartography, Computing and Programming.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September