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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, Trigonometry, and Calculus. You will also study Mechanics and Statistics.

These are all calculator modules and they all carry the same weight towards your final grade.


How is the course assessed?

These modules will be examined at the end of the first year if you go for the AS option, or at the end of 2 years for the full A Level option.

There will be 3 papers of which 2 are Pure Maths and the third will be Stats and Mechanics.

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

What do I need to qualify for this course?

5 GCSEs including a grade 6 or above (B, A or A* ) in GCSE Maths. If you have grade 6, you will be asked to take a diagnostic test at enrolment.

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, Lubna Hakim, and Avinash Belliyapa. 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 programme of support workshops, and Mr Amin will be leading the weekly Maths Society meetings in 15/16 – details of which can be found below.


Head of Maths: Sam Amin


                          T: 020 8968 7755 ext: 243

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 students to be paid to run workshops and mentor other students.

Use of whiteboards for group work in class which students find useful and fun.

Access to Moodle web platform which has practice as well as extension resources.