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Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: Edexcel

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 team-working 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

You will study Pure Maths such as Algebra, Calculus, and Trigonometry as well as Applied Maths, such as Mechanics and statistics.

At the end of the second year, you will sit 3 public exams covering the work you’ve done in the 2 years. These will be the full A Level exams.

How is the course assessed?

You will sit 3 exams at the end of the 2 year course.

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

What do I need to qualify for this course?

5 GCSEs including at least a grade 6 in GCSE Maths, and a GCSE score of at least 5.6

If you have a grade 6 in GCSE Maths, then it would be essential that you pass the GCSE level induction test.

If you have grades 7, 8, or 9, and GCSE score above 5.6, then you can enrol on the course without taking the test.

Who are the teachers?

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

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

What else should I know about?

Here in the maths department we have some distinctive 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 – 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.

Access to a lot of resources on Moodle web platform which has practice as well as extension materials

Using big whiteboards to work in groups which students find useful and fun.