A-Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics

St. Olave's follows the OCR MEI Mathematics specification in the Sixth Form. Four different qualifications are offered and the subject is assessed by means of equally-weighted examinations for each qualification.

The content range over the three main strands of mathematics – namely, pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics – and the various combinations are detailed below. In addition, for students who so desire it, tuition is provided for the STEP Mathematics examinations.

In order to ease the transition from GCSE to AS Mathematics, all prospective Sixth Form mathematicians are required to complete a work booklet on algebra before the start of the course. The current provision and timings of examinations are as follows:

Year 12

Students opt to study Single Mathematics or Double Mathematics

  • Single Mathematics
    • Students study compulsory content 2 thirds in pure mathematics and 1 sixth mechanics and 1 sixth statistics.  We will cover all the content of AS mathematics in year 12 and this will form the basis of mock examinations.
  • Double Mathematics
    • In addition to the single mathematics course content, students will study further content in pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics. We will cover all the content of AS mathematics by late January and AS further mathematics by June.  These will form the basis mock examination. (AS Mathematics Mock late January, AS further mathematics in June).

Year 13

Students who followed the Single Mathematics course in Year 12, can either:

  • Stop
    • Students end up with AS Mathematics
  • Continue
    • Students end up with A-Level Mathematics

Students who followed the Double Mathematics course in Year 12, can either:

  • Stop
    • Students end up with AS Mathematics 
  • Drop down to Single Mathematics
    • Students end up with A-Level Mathematics 
  • Drop down to 1½  A-Levels
    • Students end up with A-Level Mathematics and AS Further Mathematics
  • Continue with Double Mathematics
    • Students end up with A-Level Mathematics and A-Level Further Mathematics


  • Single Mathematics should be chosen by everyone who intends to study AS or A2 Mathematics only.
  • Double Mathematics should be chosen by everyone else! It is much easier to reduce the mathematics studied during the course than to increase 
  • It is required that students will have achieved at least a Grade 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics to study Mathematics at A-Level.  Students will confirm whether they will be sitting AS or continuing to A-Level in the first half of Year 12.

Please note that however much mathematics one studies in the Sixth Form, it only counts as one option; that is, in Year 12 you still choose three other subjects.

Sixth Form Enrichment

  • STEP Tuition: Weekly after-school classes throughout the Sixth Form.
  • Mathematical Extension Classes: Run weekly for students who wish to explore mathematics beyond the standard curriculum.
  • Maths Buddy Scheme: Sixth Form students work with Lower School pupils to support or enrich the younger student.
  • UKMT Senior Challenge: An annual national competition in the Autumn Term.
  • UKMT Team Challenge : A team of four Sixth Form students participate in regional and, if successful, national rounds of this annual team competition
  • Woodard Masterclass: A residential course held at Easter at Oxford University. Students are nominated by the department.
  • Mathematical Evening Lecture Series: Outside speakers organised by the Mathematical Society for anyone interested in discovering more about various aspects of Mathematics.
  • Year 5 Mathematics and Science Day: Mathematics Prefects arrange activities for over 200 Year 5 pupils from local primary schools.

Associated professions

  • Accountancy
  • Actuary
  • Architect
  • Economist
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Finance & Investment Banking
  • Medicine
  • Scientist
  • Statistician

Mr S. Li

Head of KS5 Mathematics