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Mathematics A Level (Block C) at St John's Catholic Comprehensive School

Course description

Why choose Maths?

It all comes down to what maths is....

Just as languages provide the building blocks and rules we need to communicate,  maths uses its own language, made up of numbers, symbols and formulas, to explore the rules we need to measure or identify essential problems like distance, speed, time, space, change, force and quantities.

Studying maths helps us find patterns and structure in our lives. Practically, maths helps us put a price on things, create graphics , build websites, build skyscrapers and generally understand how things work or predict how they might change over time and under different conditions.

The Mathematics department at St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School offers you two separate qualifications. Students can study A level Mathematics on its own or together with A level Further Mathematics. A level Further Mathematics is discussed on a separate page. 

Please note:  Further Maths cannot be taken on its own. It can only be taken in addition to A Level Maths

A Level Mathematics includes Pure Maths, Mechanics and Statistics. There are no optional units. 

Course content

The specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of Maths:

Pure Maths –

  • Algebra,
  • Geometry,
  • Number,
  • Trigonometry,
  • Calculus,
  • Exponentials,
  • Series,
  • Vectors,
  • Proof

Statistics –

  • Probability,
  • Normal Distribution,
  • Data analysis.

Mechanics –

  • Kinematics,
  • Dynamics,
  • Vectors,
  • Statics,
  • Moments.

Mathematics brings a lot of scientific theory and thinking together, and a good A-Level grade in the subject demonstrates that a student can apply themselves in analytical thinking, practical skills and scientific writing; all of these qualities are highly prized in today’s competitive job market.

You will gain:

■ Essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.

■ A deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of Mathematical methods.

■ Competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs A*- B (Grade 5 or higher) including at least a Grade 7 in GCSE Maths.

N.B. All students will be required to pass a settling in assessment with the first 3 weeks of Term 1.


All students will be entered for AS at the end of Year 12. There are two papers. The first paper is Pure Maths, the second paper is Statistics and Mechanics.

For A level Mathematics, there are three papers. The first paper is based upon the AS Pure Maths content but at A level standard. The second paper is on additional Pure Maths not included on the AS. The third paper is Statistics and Mechanics, but again at a higher level than at AS and with additional content.

Future opportunities

Maths is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical, research and problem-solving skills. Not only will studying maths help give you the knowledge to tackle scientific, mechanical, coding and abstract problems, it will also help you develop logic to tackle everyday issues like planning projects, managing budgets and even debating effectively.

A wide variety of careers are available to a Mathematics graduate. Opportunities exist in areas such as banking, pharmaceuticals, oil, retailing, accountancy, management consultancy or in the utilities. Graduates are very much in demand in fields such as mathematical modelling, computer simulation, statistical analysis and teaching. The Civil Service, central government agencies and research establishments demand good mathematicians. In the current climate, Mathematics graduates are in greater demand than graduates from any other degree course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Catholic Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September