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Maths at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

In the world of work the importance of maths is unquestionable. For example it is the key to science and engineering; it is indispensable to commerce, and it is used increasingly in every service in our modern society.

All Yr 11 students know whether they like mathematics or not! If you enjoy it now, and can cope quite easily with Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry and Problem Solving, you will probably continue to enjoy maths in the sixth form.

Further Mathematics
This course leads to two ‘A’ Level qualifications. It consists of 12 modules selected from Pure, Mechanical and Statistical branches of mathematics. The course is extremely quick moving and is only accessible to strong and committed candidates; it is extremely valuable to those considering a Mathematics degree. This course is also very beneficial to candidates considering Science, Engineering or Computer Sciences degrees.

‘A’ Level Mathematics
This course consists of 6 modules selected from Pure, Mechanical and Statistical branches of mathematics. This course is less intense than the Further maths course, but just as valuable. Mathematics ‘A’ Level is a highly regarded qualification which complements Science subjects and offers a broad balance to arts based students.

Further Mathematics
This is an intensive course involving the completion of the full ‘A’ Level Mathematics in Year 12 and the completion of the Further Mathematics ‘A ’ Level in Year 13. The course involves significant commitment, pace and challenge and to guarantee success is only available to those who have achieved the highest grades in
GCSE Mathematics. Further Maths is taught in two option blocks, with eight hours teaching per week.

‘A’ Level Mathematics
The course involves the study of a variety of aspects of Mathematics over two years. It is important that students opting for this course have a good all round Mathematics ability and strong examination performance at GCSE Maths.

Entry requirements

For AS study you will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade B with a minimum of one other GCSE grade C or above.  You must have GCSE Maths and English at a grade C or above.  We would expect you to have at least a GCSE  grade B in the subject you wish to study or a closely related discipline.


Mathematics ‘A’ Level consists of 6 modules, 3 in Year 12 and 3 in Year 13, each assessed by a written examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.

Further Mathematics ‘A’ Level consists of an additional 6 modules each assessed by a written examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.

Written examinations can be taken in either January or June.

Financial information

St. Mary’s Sixth Form has a bursary scheme that supports students, who meet eligibility criteria, with the cost of attending college.

The bursary scheme is made up of 2 parts - a payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable and a discretionary fund for schools to distribute. The most vulnerable are classified as:

• young people in care;

• care leavers;

• young people in receipt of Income Support;

• disabled young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The discretionary element can be accessed via an application form and students should contact the Sixth Form office for further details. The College will consider every request for financial assistance and will endeavour to target the fund to help those students in greatest need

Future opportunities

Mathematics ‘A’ Level is valued by almost all institutions and can lead to a variety of courses. Recent studies have shown that those who have taken A-Level Maths increase their earning potential whatever their choice of degree.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years