A-Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics

St. Olave's follows the OCR MEI Mathematics specification in the Sixth Form. Three 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 year 1 mathematics by late January and some of Year 1 Further Mathematics by June.  These will form the basis of the mock examination in Spring. 

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 
  • 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. The course requirement is a grade 7 at GCSE or equivalent.
  • Double Mathematics should be chosen by everyone else with a grade 8 or above. It is much easier to reduce the mathematics studied during the course than to increase 
  • Students will confirm whether they will be sitting AS or continuing to A-Level in the first half of Year 12.
  • Check course requirements for University courses you may wish to embark on. Some require Further Mathematics, if offered.

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

Sixth Form Enrichment

  • STEP and MAT 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.
  • The Mathematics Society organises talks and lectures on 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

Mrs J. Munday

Head of KS5 Mathematics