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A Level Maths

Course outline

If you have a talent for maths and enjoy solving challenging problems, this could be the course for you. It’s a subject where you’ll gain some great transferable skills such as problem solving, logic and analysing situations, which are useful for many university courses and careers.

Having a traditional subject such as Maths on your CV can boost your job prospects and there is evidence that people who study Maths earn more money than those who don’t.

The course is focussed around developing key pure mathematical skills, including algebraic manipulation, trigonometric relationships, integration, differentiation, and an understanding of vectors. Along with this pure mathematics, you will also take on two sections focused on applied mathematics, statistics and mechanics. In the statistics modules you will gain an understanding of working with data, probability, and hypothesis testing; while in the mechanics topics, you will be introduced to the key concepts of kinematics and forces.

The course will then build on your understanding. Primarily, expanding your scope in utilizing trigonometry, integration and differentiation along with introducing new topics, such as sequences and series and parametric equations.

You will study this course alongside 2 or 3 other A Levels and you will be able to select your chosen subjects when you apply online.

Students who study Mathematics also often study Physics, Chemistry and Biology as they all are closely interlinked with topics taught in the mathematics course. There is also a large aspect of overlap with the statistical components of subjects such as Psychology that students may find beneficial in their studies.

Aged 19 or over?

If you don't already hold a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to at least two A Levels, or a Level 3 vocational qualification), you may be able to study this course fully funded!

The Government’s new National Skills Fund programme has created new opportunities for adults, aged 19 and over, to access fully funded full-time learning.

For more information, view our Funded Courses for Over 19s page.

If you are aged 16-18 without having achieved a Level 3 qualification, you will also be eligible for full funding.

How to apply for this course

Apply now to study an A Level Programme in 2024/25

You will select your individual subjects when you complete the application.

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Location Date
Chaucer Street

Start: Monday 2nd September 2024

Course code: C000450 / Q000515


OCR A Level Mathematics


2 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

2 year A Level Programme:

  • To study 3 A Levels you’ll need at least 5 GCSE’s at grades 9-4 including GCSE English at Grade 4 or above and Maths at grade 6 or above
  • To study 4 A Levels you’ll need at least 6 GCSE’s at grades 9-7 including GCSE English and Maths at grade 7 or above
  • Those who have a Grade 6 will be required to attend a two-day bridging session before the A Level course begins. In special circumstances a student may be offered an assessment followed by an interview to gauge their suitability for the course

The programme of study is for 2 years, and you will be expected to be achieving a minimum of grade D in all subject assessments by the end of year 1 to progress to your 2nd year.

Before enrolling, please complete the tasks in the link below and bring this with you when you enrol. Don't worry if there are some parts of the tasks that you can’t complete as this will give us something to discuss at enrolment. What is important is that you are attempting to explain your thinking.

Maths Pre-enrolment Task

Applicants with predicted GCSE grades 1 or 2 points below the entry requirement for an A Level:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements for either 1 or 2 of your chosen A Level subject choices, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer. We advise that you think about a second choice of course as a back-up plan. You can meet with us for a supportive, friendly and impartial discussion to look at other courses that Nottingham College has to offer. For more information contact High Pavement Sixth Form admissions by telephone on 0115 9100 100 or email at

Applicants who choose 4 subjects but only have the entry requirements to study 3:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements to study 4 A Level subjects, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer for all 4. At your ‘Get Ready for College’ day you will undertake tasters in your subjects and at this point you can discuss your options with subject staff at the event, to help you finalise your subject choices. Final A Level choices however will be made at enrolment in August when your GCSE results are confirmed.

Teaching & assessment

Formal assessment is completed at the end of the course through three two hour long papers.

  • Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 100 marks
  • Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 50 Marks and Statistics 50 Marks
  • Paper 3: Pure Mathematics 50 Marks and Mechanics 50 Marks

Each exam is equally weighted leading to the awarding of an A-Level in Mathematics on achieving a passing mark.


You could progress to a related higher education course such as maths, business, accountancy, science, computing, engineering or economics.

Maths is essential to everyday life and a relevant to a huge range of scientific, technological and engineering careers.

Additional information

You will need a scientific calculator:

  • Ideal spec model: Casio fx-991ex Classwiz or Graphing Calculator

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.