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Mathematics at Calder High School

Course description

If you enjoy mathematics, especially the use (and abuse) of algebra to solve problems, prove concepts and demonstrate ideas that mere mortals find beyond their understanding, then AS and A2 mathematics may be the right course for you.

Mathematics AS & A2 are challenging courses that rely on you developing an understanding of abstract concept and ideas. If you love algebra or like doing mathematics just for the sake of it then this is the course for you.

The aim of this course is to develop your understanding and enjoyment of mathematics and mathematical processes. We will extend your range of mathematical skills and techniques and help you to reason logically and to construct proofs.

In this course there are high expectations of each and every student. From the very start we expect you to show initiative and the desire to consolidate what you will learn in class with independent study. How much independent study you need to do will depend on your level of understanding but to do well at mathematics you will need to be prepared to work hard at solving problems.

Course content

EDEXCEL Mathematics does not require coursework

The pure mathematics units C1, C2, C3, and C4 require very good algebraic skills.


To gain an AS Mathematics qualification you need to complete three units. There are two pure units (C1 & C2) plus a third applied unit which will be Mechanics (M1), Decision (D1) or Statistics (S1). Unit C1 is noncalculator.


To gain an A Level Mathematics qualification you need to pass the three AS units and three A2 units. The A2 units are two pure units (C3 & C4) which follow on from C1 & C2 plus a third applied unit which will be Statistics 1 (S1), Decision (D1) or Mechanics (M1)

Entry requirements

Ideally an A or A* grade at GCSE but grade B students will be considered

Progression to A2 requires a minimum of grade D for the C1 and C2 units. This is because the A2 pure units require good understanding of C1 and C2

Future opportunities

Higher Education

Mathematics never closes any opportunities. As mathematics is considered to be a ‘hard’ it can often make entry on to courses easier. Some possibilities are:

Mathematics related courses including teaching, accountancy.

Mathematics combined with sciences would enable entry to many courses including engineering, medicine, agriculture, computing

Mathematics combined with humanities subjects would enable entry to courses such as geography, architecture, economics, politics, law, actuary, insurance


Anything is possible but aside from teaching and research, mathematics is particularly relevant for jobs involving

Data analysis

Numerical analysis

Problem solving

Risk assessment and probability analysis (eg insurance, assurance)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Calder High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September