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Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: Edexcel

Why study Mathematics?

Maths is a stimulating and rewarding course that is highly regarded by universities and employers. Additionally however, studying maths will greatly improve your numeracy which is a life skill that can have profound positive effects for you.

Having high levels of numeracy:

  • Is linked with higher wages
  • Will enable you to make sense of charts and information reported in the media
  • Have financial capability – For example be able to select the cheapest loan,
  • Choose the most appropriate savings and insurance products and budget effectively.
  • Whereas low levels of Numeracy are shown to have extremely detrimental effects:
  • Adults with low levels of numeracy are twice as likely to be unemployed
  • Currently 61% of adults lack health numeracy skills – which includes for example the ability to understand risk  associated with disease, medicinal dosage and to manage their diet.

What can it lead to?

As well as learning specific mathematical skills and techniques, studying maths also equips you with many transferrable abilities such logic and reasoning skills, being able to break down complex problems into smaller parts and here in the St Charles maths department you will also greatly improve your confidence and teamworking skills.

There is a huge wealth of careers and degree choices that either require or would benefit from studying maths including:

  • Finance
  • Engineering
  • Computing
  • Science

How is the course organised?

Board - Edexcel (Pearson)

You will study Further Pure Maths, such as Matrices, Complex Numbers, and Hyperbolics. You will also study Decision Maths, such as Algorithms, and Networks.

For the AS option, the exams will be at the end of the first year. Otherwise, all exams will be at the end of 2 years.

How is the course assessed?

At the end of 2 years, you will sit 4 papers, 2 of which are Pure Further Mathematics, and the other 2 are the options (D1)

For AS, there are only 2 papers

During the year you will have weekly homework and homework test, as well as half-termly “Tracker tests”. For these assessments you will receive a variety of feedback including written, 1-1 verbal and individualized videos.

What do I need to qualify for this course?

6 GCSEs including a grade 7 or above (A*- A) in GCSE Maths 

Who are the teachers?

Our maths team here at St Charles consists of Head of Maths Sam Amin, 2nd in department Balpreet Malhotra, Jessy John, and Lubna Hakim. Each of our teachers have maths degrees and many years of teaching experience.

Our maths staff are always willing to offer support outside of class on top of our extensive programme of support workshops.

 

Contact: Mr Amin on sam@stcharles.ac.uk for further information

Extra Curricular

Here in the maths department we have some distrinctive features that we are very proud of:

The Maths Society - Students with a passion for maths are given the opportunity here to explore mathematics outside of the curriculum. They will attend lectures and seminars as well as receive support in applying to the UKs most prestigious universities for maths related degrees.

Extensive support programme – Several weekly workshops led by staff. We also select some of our most successful A2 students to be paid to run workshops and mentor other students.

Multimedia feedback – as well as receiving regular written and 1-1 feedback on your work, in the maths department we also use our ipads to assess students work. This means that you will receive individualised video feedback that will be stored online and available for you to access throughout the year.