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Mathematics AS/A Level at Ysgol Brynrefail

Course description

What will I learn?

In year 12 you will follow 3 units, C1 (pure 1), C2 (pure 2) and M1 (mechanics 1). C1 is assessed in January and the other two in June. At the end of year 12 you can take an AS qualification or move on to Year 13 to study 3 further units, C3 (pure 3), C4 (pure 4) and S1 (statistics 1) and gain an A level qualification. The four pure modules are mandatory.

Depending on the mixture of pupils in the class it could be possible to follow a pure and mechanics (C1, C2, M1, M2) or pure and statistics course (C1, C2, S1, S2).

How will I learn?

The 5 lessons will be held in school. The subject will be taught bilingually and all the resources including the WJEC exams are available in both English and Welsh. The course encourages students to use their thinking, problem solving, discussion and investigational skills. The most able pupils are stretched and there is support for those with difficulties.

What will I need?

It is necessary to have a scientific or graphical calculator. Graphical calculators are more expensive, but WJEC wishes to encourage pupils to use them wherever appropriate. The C1 exam is non-calculator.

Entry requirements

 Everyone who starts the course must achieve at least a B grade at GCSE level


There is no coursework for the Mathematics course so the final grade only depends on the exam marks. Each unit has an examination paper of 1½ hours and is graded on a 6 point scale A – E. The new A* grade is only available for pupil who follow the full course. To achieve an A* you will need at least 480 marks (80 x 6) in the 6 units and a total of at least 180 marks (90 x 2) in C3 and C4.

All candidates are expected to make the greatest effort to achieve their expected standard in each unit at first attempt. In particular cases a unit paper may be resat once only.

Assignments / Homework are set regularly on a weekly basis.

Future opportunities

This course contains Mathematics required by Universities and meets the different demands of industry, making Mathematics relevant and challenging for students.

Job Ideas!

A degree in mathematics does not train you for a specific job. Rather it gives you a range of skills which enable you to enter any of a wide range of careers. It is therefore a versatile qualification.

  • Teacher
  • Accountancy
  • Computing
  • Statistical work

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Brynrefail directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years