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Mathematics AS/A2 at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

The Mathematics course builds on many concepts studied at GCSE, as well as introducing new concepts.  Students will extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in a variety of contexts. All of the units within the course are designed to ensure students understand the need to use appropriate techniques within models of real world situations, use mathematics as an effective means of communication and develop skills in problem-solving and organisation.

Course content

Students study four units of Core Mathematics and two units of Applied Mathematics.

The principal components of Core Mathematics are:

  • Algebra and functions
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus
  • Sequences and series

The Applied Mathematics units are Statistics and Mechanics Mathematics.  Statistics includes:

  • Representation and summary of data
  • Probability
  • Correlation and regression
  • Discrete random variables
  • The Normal distribution

Mechanics Mathematics includes:

  • Kinematics
  • Newton’s Laws
  • Vectors
  • Momentum
  • Moments

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirement for sixth form is 5 A*-C GCSEs, including English and usually Maths.  Further details in our school prospectus which is available on the school website:

Specific entry requirement for this subject - B grade or above in GCSE Maths.


Examination papers for each of the units are of 90 minutes duration.  Three examinations are taken in Year 12 and three further units are examined in Year 13.  There is no coursework for any of the units.  The final A2 grade awarded is determined by aggregating the marks from the six equally weighted modules.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Mathematics is required by a wide range of students, from those intending to read the subject at university, to those needing mathematical skills to support other subjects or chosen careers.  Mathematics will complement both arts and science subjects.

There is an enormous range of careers where mathematical skills are invaluable, such as accountancy, engineering, financial management and computer programming.  Mathematics plays a key role in most areas from science and industry, construction, aviation and manufacturing, to hospitals, marketing and meteorology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years