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Mathematics and Further Maths

Subject Area: Mathematics
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: AQA
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What do I need to study this course?

Maths: GCSE Maths grade 6

Further Maths: GCSE Maths grade 7 as part of a strong GCSE profile.

What will I study?

The A level Mathematics course builds on the skills, knowledge and techniques you have studied at GCSE. You will develop your understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and promotes enjoyment. You will use mathematical argument and reasoning together with mathematical language and proof. As the course progresses, you will take increasing responsibility for your own learning and the evaluation of your own mathematical development. Students will use their mathematical knowledge to problem solve in both familiar and unfamiliar situations. Mathematical modelling of real life problems is also a key feature of the course.


You will study topics from the fields of pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics. The increased importance of the use of technology means all students will need a graphical calculator for this course and you will be expected to use graphing packages such as Geogebra. Assessment at the end of the two years is by three x 2 hour exams.

Further Mathematics

This is ideal for those who are particularly interested in mathematics, are highly competent with algebraic manipulation and are considering Mathematics, Engineering, Physics or Actuarial Science degrees courses. You will study topics in further pure mathematics and the applied areas of mechanics and discrete mathematics. Students will sit the AS examination at the end of one year and then the full A level exam at the end of two years.

What next?

Mathematics students from Notre Dame progress to a range of universities including Russell Group institutions. As well as mathematical degree courses, A Level Maths enables you to progress on to degree courses such as Medicine, Engineering, Business, Programming, Physics and many others.

Did you know?

A pizza that has radius “z” and height “a” has volume Pi × z × z × a.