Mathematics A Level (Block A)

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 19
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


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. .


All modules are compulsory for A-Level maths. There is a mixture of Pure, Statistical and Mechanical content.

The course is linear; 3 papers will be sat at the end of Year 13–2 Pure Papers and 1 Applied Paper (Mechanics and Statistics).

■ 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.

Pure Mathematics covers topics familiar from GCSE in more depth such as

• Algebra

• Geometry

• Number

• Trigonometry

• Calculus

• Exponentials

• Series

• Vectors

• Proof

You will also cover statistics topics such as:

• Probability

• Normal Distribution

• Data Analysis

How will it be delivered?

All modules are compulsory for A Level Maths.  There is a mixture of Pure, Statistical and Mechanical content.

The course is linear; 3 papers will be sat at the end of Year 13 - 2 Pure Maths papers and 1 Applied Maths paper (Mechanics and Statistics).

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.

Your next steps...

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.

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses which could lead onto higher education in areas of Mathematics, related areas such as Engineering, Economics, Physics or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Mathematics such as an Accountant, Engineer, Financial Adviser or Teacher. The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the economic and financial sectors.