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Getting at lease a C grade is so crucial to your future, we've taken the structure of the excellent Pearson 'Booster C' books and created a section dedicated to helping you master those key skills to get the C grade. You can access the Booster C homepage here.

Edexcel Modular Past Papers

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There's a lot of free stuff above, but if you really want to spend some money on revision guides and resources you might consider these books whcih can be ordered through the school. Please use an order form/letter. Links are provided here so you can see what you're buying. Prices below were prices that we expect to be able to honour as of 1 Oct 2011. Prices are subject to change and the rate charged will be that which appears on the order form at the time of purchase.
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CGP Edexcel foundation modular revision guide (£2.95 from school)
CGP Edexcel higher modular revision guide (£2.95 from school)
CGP Edexcel foundation modular work book (£2.75 from school)
You'd be foolish to buy this and not buy the answers to the foundation workbook for an extra £1
CGP Edexcel higher modular work book (£2.75 from school)
And the answers to the highr tier workbook are available too (£1.00)
There's nothing better than exam practice with good feedback to sharpen your skills, so you might consider the CGP foundation practice paper pack (£2.75)
Exam practice is also available for higher tier (£2.75)


Edexcel GCSE Unit 1 revision list

  • Important: start revising a couple of levels below your target and master all the easy marks first.

Unit 1 Grade G skills are:

  • Rounding to the nearest whole number
  • Rounding to the nearest 10,100, 1000
  • Identifying fractions from a shaded diagram
  • Identifying percentages from a shaded diagram
  • Calculating simple fractions of quantities (numerator of 1)
  • Ordering decimals
  • Ordering, reading and writing whole numbers
  • Converting simple fractions to a ratio, e.g. 1/3 of a whole is 1:2
  • Reading and interpreting bills and timetables
  • Using co-ordinates like ( 2 , 3 ) where the co-ordinates are both positive numbers
  • Reading from simple real-life graphs
  • Measuring and drawing lines
  • Completing accurate drawings of given shapes
  • Finding median and mode using single digits
  • Drawing and interpreting line graphs, bar charts and pictograms
  • Making tables, lists and tally charts from discrete data
  • Being able to choose the ‘most likely’ outcome from given information

Unit 1 Grade F skills are:


Unit 1 Grade E skills are


Unit 1 Grade D skills are:

  • Estimation by rounding to 1 significant figure and showing just enough working
  • Calculating profit and loss
  • Solving problems involving proportion in simple cases
  • Calculating an increase or decrease by a percentage
  • Calculating with fractions in simple cases, especially a fraction of an amount
  • Calculating with ratios in recipes
  • Linear graphs by completing tables of values and plotting points
  • Finding midpoint of a line given the end co-ordinates
  • Solving simple angle problems involving polygons
  • Solving angle problems involving parallel lines
  • Knowing triangle proofs (exterior angle & angle-sum)
  • Constructing a stem and leaf diagram
  • Understanding and using relative frequency
  • Finding missing probability from a list or table of results
  • Constructing and interpreting scatter graphs including describing correlation
  • Drawing and using lines of best fit on scatter graphs
  • Finding the modal class from grouped frequencies
  • Finding the mean from a discrete frequency distribution
  • Criticise a questionnaire question or improve it and discuss sampling techniques

Unit 1 Grade C skills are


Unit 1 Grade B skills are:

  • Calculating compound interest (by using and interpretting the formula V = P((100 + R)/100)n )
  • Calculating reverse percentage problems to find the original amount before a percentage change
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide with fractions and mixed numbers
  • Using y = mx + c to find the gradient and equation of a line without drawing
  • Solving cubic equations graphically (when the graph is given)
  • Solving quadratic equations graphically
  • Recognising graphs of quadratic, cubic and reciprocal functions
  • Finding interior and exterior angles of polygons
  • Using tree diagrams to work out probability
  • Deciding if an outcome is biased by comparing theoretical probablility with experimental outcomes
  • Finding median, quartiles and inter-quartile range from cumulative frequency table or graph
  • Using median and quartiles to draw a box plots from data in a table or graph

Unit 1 Grade A skills are

  • Appreciate that premature rounding has a influence on the accuracy of calculations (consider bounds)
  • Solving equations by plotting graphs and finding intersections
  • Calculating equation of line through a point and perpendicular to a given line
  • Calculating the distance between points using 3D co-ordinates (in simple cases where this does not require Pythagoras)
  • Constructing and interpreting histograms
  • Understand stratified sampling
  • Find probability for combined events using multiplication and addition

Unit 1 Grade A* skills are:

  • Knowing proofs of angle theorems
  • Knowing proofs of constructions and conguence


!!!!!!!! Warning: This page is being edited, so the information below is not yet accurate !!!!!!!!!

Below is a list of all the key skills needed for GCSE, sorted by level. At the moment, all I've had time to do is copy it three times and put the correct titles on it. Within each section I need to go back and delete the skills that aren't needed on that particular unit. If you learn all these skills, that should cover the grade, but you'd be learning a lot of extra material that won't be tested until the next unit. Call back in 48 hours to hopefully see this completed.
(18:00 BST, 03 Oct 2011)

Edexcel GCSE Unit 2 revision list

  • Sorted by level, contains topics on all three units.
  • Important: start revising a couple of levels below your target and master all the easy marks first.

Unit 2 Grade G skills are:


  • Rounding to the nearest whole number
  • Rounding to the nearest 10,100, 1000
  • Identifying fractions from a shaded diagram
  • Identifying percentages from a shaded diagram
  • Calculating simple fractions of quantities (numerator of 1)
  • Ordering decimals
  • Ordering, reading and writing whole numbers
  • Converting simple fractions to a ratio, e.g. 1/3 of a whole is 1:2
  • Reading and interpreting bills and timetables
  • Using co-ordinates like ( 2 , 3 ) where the co-ordinates are both positive numbers
  • Reading from simple real-life graphs
  • Finding the next term in a simple linear sequence
  • Finding areas, perimeters and volumes by counting
  • Drawing 2D shapes
  • Measuring and drawing lines
  • Drawing circles
  • Naming shapes
  • Drawing lines of symmetry on a diagram
  • Using a given line of reflection
  • Completing accurate drawings of given shapes
  • Finding median and mode using single digits
  • Drawing and interpreting line graphs, bar charts and pictograms
  • Making tables, lists and tally charts from discrete data
  • Being able to choose the ‘most likely’ outcome from given information

Unit 2 Grade F skills are:



Unit 2 Grade E skills are



Unit 2 Grade D skills are:


  • Estimation by rounding to 1 significant figure and showing just enough working
  • Calculating profit and loss
  • Solving problems involving proportion in simple cases
  • Calculating an increase or decrease by a percentage
  • Calculating with fractions in simple cases, especially a fraction of an amount
  • Calculating with ratios in recipes
  • Expanding brackets such as x(x+ 4)
  • Factorising, e.g. x² - 5x = x(x - 5) and 12x – 8 = 4(3x- 2)
  • Linear graphs by completing tables of values and plotting points
  • Deriving and solving simple equations from diagrams
  • Substituting negative numbers into algebra, especially with linear and quadratic terms
  • Expanding and simplifying brackets and expressions in easy cases
  • Solving linear equations equations, including unknowns on both sides, but mostly with nice whole numbers
  • Converting between units of area, e.g. m² to cm²
  • Calculating area or circumference of a circle given radius
  • Finding area of triangle, regular polygons, compound shapes, trapezium
  • Drawing and measuring bearings
  • Finding midpoint of a line given the end co-ordinates
  • Carrying out simple transformations
  • Solving simple angle problems involving polygons
  • Solving problems involving similar triangles (+ve scale factor)
  • Constructing and interpreting plans and elevations
  • Solving problems involving parallel lines
  • Knowing triangle proofs (exterior angle & angle-sum)
  • Constructing a stem and leaf diagram
  • Understanding and using relative frequency
  • Finding missing probability from a list or table of results
  • Constructing and interpreting scatter graphs including describing correlation
  • Drawing and using lines of best fit on scatter graphs
  • Finding the modal class from grouped frequencies
  • Finding the mean from a discrete frequency distribution
  • Criticise a questionnaire question or improve it and discuss sampling techniques

Unit 2 Grade C skills are



Unit 2 Grade B skills are:


  • Calculating compound interest (by using and interpretting the formula V = P((100 + R)/100)n )
  • Calculating reverse percentage problems to find the original amount before a percentage change
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide with fractions and mixed numbers
  • Calculating in problems involving numbers in standard form
  • Understanding and using negative indices
  • Recognising and using the difference of two squares (x + a)(x - a) = x² - a²
  • Solving inequalities using algebra and/or graphs
  • Solving simultaneous equations using algebra or graphs
  • Solving simple quadratics by factorising
  • Solving linear equations involving fractions
  • Expanding single brackets; expanding pairs of brackets; factorising quadratics
  • Using y = mx + c to find the gradient and equation of a line without drawing
  • Solving cubic equations graphically (when the graph is given)
  • Solving quadratic equations graphically
  • Recognising graphs of quadratic, cubic and reciprocal functions
  • Simplifying fractions where the denominator is a simple bit of algebra
  • Factorising expressions for example 6(a - b)² - 3(a - b)
  • Using the eight circle theorems
  • Calculating lengths in similar shapes
  • Solving multi-step trig. problems using sin, cos and tan
  • Fully describing transformations (reflections, rotations, translations and enlargements)
  • Finding interior and exterior angles of polygons
  • Using 'dimensions' of a formulae to decide if an expression gives a length, area or volume
  • Using tree diagrams to work out probability
  • Deciding if an outcome is biased by comparing theoretical probablility with experimental outcomes
  • Finding median, quartiles and inter-quartile range from cumulative frequency table or graph
  • Using median and quartiles to draw a box plots from data in a table or graph

Unit 2 Grade A skills are


  • Rationlising the denominator of simple surds
  • Calculating upper and lower bounds
  • Manipulating fractional indices
  • Rearranging formulae where the variable occurs twice
  • Manipulating simple algebraic fractions, e.g. addition and subtraction of fractions with (ax ± b) in the denominator
  • Solving algebraic problems, e.g. explain why (n + 1)(n + 20) is an even number
  • Solving quadratics by factorising, formula or completing the square
  • Solving equations by plotting graphs and finding intersections
  • Recognising and using the difference of two squares in harder contexts (px + qy)(px - qy) = p²x² - q²y²
  • Simplifying algebra involving powers
  • Calculating equation of line through a point and perpendicular to a given line
  • Finding trigonometrical solutions, e.g. cos x = 0∙5
  • Recognising graphs of trigonometrical functions
  • Using the sine and cosine rule in simple cases
  • Calculating surface area or volume of various solids
  • Solving problems involving arcs, sectors and segments
  • Using Pythagoras’ Theorem in 3D situations
  • Using similarity in length, area and volume
  • Calculating the distance between points using 3D co-ordinates
  • Proving that triangles are congruent
  • Using circle theorems
  • Carrying out an enlargement with a negative fractional scale factor
  • Using the fact that the area of triangle = ½ab sin C
  • Constructing and interpreting histograms
  • Understand stratified sampling
  • Find probability for combined events using multiplication and addition

Unit 2 Grade A* skills are:


  • Calculating bounds in area and volume questions
  • Manipulating harder indices especially those using negative and fractional indices
  • Simplifying harder surds including using the difference of two squares to rationalise denominator of surds
  • Solving simultaneous equations - one linear and one quadratic
  • Using equation of a circle and finding points of intersection with a line graphically and by simultaneous equations
  • Transforming graphs of trig. functions y = sin x, y = cos x and y = tan x
  • Knowing graphs of exponential and more complex functions
  • Manipulating algebraic fractions
  • Rearranging complex equations
  • Transforming graphs of functions, e.g. y = f(x + a) and y = f(ax)
  • Solving 3D trigonometry problems
  • Using the sine and cosine rule
  • Harder area of 2D shapes - multi-step problems
  • Harder surface area and volume in 3D solids - rearranging and equating formulae
  • Knowing proofs of circle theorems
  • Knowing proofs of construction theorems

Edexcel GCSE Unit 3 revision list

  • Sorted by level, contains topics on all three units.
  • Important: start revising a couple of levels below your target and master all the easy marks first.

Unit 3 Grade G skills are:


  • Rounding to the nearest whole number
  • Rounding to the nearest 10,100, 1000
  • Identifying fractions from a shaded diagram
  • Identifying percentages from a shaded diagram
  • Calculating simple fractions of quantities (numerator of 1)
  • Ordering decimals
  • Ordering, reading and writing whole numbers
  • Converting simple fractions to a ratio, e.g. 1/3 of a whole is 1:2
  • Reading and interpreting bills and timetables
  • Using co-ordinates like ( 2 , 3 ) where the co-ordinates are both positive numbers
  • Reading from simple real-life graphs
  • Finding the next term in a simple linear sequence
  • Finding areas, perimeters and volumes by counting
  • Drawing 2D shapes
  • Measuring and drawing lines
  • Drawing circles
  • Naming shapes
  • Drawing lines of symmetry on a diagram
  • Using a given line of reflection
  • Completing accurate drawings of given shapes
  • Finding median and mode using single digits
  • Drawing and interpreting line graphs, bar charts and pictograms
  • Making tables, lists and tally charts from discrete data
  • Being able to choose the ‘most likely’ outcome from given information

Unit 3 Grade F skills are:



Unit 3 Grade E skills are



Unit 3 Grade D skills are:


  • Estimation by rounding to 1 significant figure and showing just enough working
  • Calculating profit and loss
  • Solving problems involving proportion in simple cases
  • Calculating an increase or decrease by a percentage
  • Calculating with fractions in simple cases, especially a fraction of an amount
  • Calculating with ratios in recipes
  • Expanding brackets such as x(x+ 4)
  • Factorising, e.g. x² - 5x = x(x - 5) and 12x – 8 = 4(3x- 2)
  • Linear graphs by completing tables of values and plotting points
  • Deriving and solving simple equations from diagrams
  • Substituting negative numbers into algebra, especially with linear and quadratic terms
  • Expanding and simplifying brackets and expressions in easy cases
  • Solving linear equations equations, including unknowns on both sides, but mostly with nice whole numbers
  • Converting between units of area, e.g. m² to cm²
  • Calculating area or circumference of a circle given radius
  • Finding area of triangle, regular polygons, compound shapes, trapezium
  • Drawing and measuring bearings
  • Finding midpoint of a line given the end co-ordinates
  • Carrying out simple transformations
  • Solving simple angle problems involving polygons
  • Solving problems involving similar triangles (+ve scale factor)
  • Constructing and interpreting plans and elevations
  • Solving problems involving parallel lines
  • Knowing triangle proofs (exterior angle & angle-sum)
  • Constructing a stem and leaf diagram
  • Understanding and using relative frequency
  • Finding missing probability from a list or table of results
  • Constructing and interpreting scatter graphs including describing correlation
  • Drawing and using lines of best fit on scatter graphs
  • Finding the modal class from grouped frequencies
  • Finding the mean from a discrete frequency distribution
  • Criticise a questionnaire question or improve it and discuss sampling techniques

Unit 3 Grade C skills are



Unit 3 Grade B skills are:


  • Calculating compound interest (by using and interpretting the formula V = P((100 + R)/100)n )
  • Calculating reverse percentage problems to find the original amount before a percentage change
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide with fractions and mixed numbers
  • Calculating in problems involving numbers in standard form
  • Understanding and using negative indices
  • Recognising and using the difference of two squares (x + a)(x - a) = x² - a²
  • Solving inequalities using algebra and/or graphs
  • Solving simultaneous equations using algebra or graphs
  • Solving simple quadratics by factorising
  • Solving linear equations involving fractions
  • Expanding single brackets; expanding pairs of brackets; factorising quadratics
  • Using y = mx + c to find the gradient and equation of a line without drawing
  • Solving cubic equations graphically (when the graph is given)
  • Solving quadratic equations graphically
  • Recognising graphs of quadratic, cubic and reciprocal functions
  • Simplifying fractions where the denominator is a simple bit of algebra
  • Factorising expressions for example 6(a - b)² - 3(a - b)
  • Using the eight circle theorems
  • Calculating lengths in similar shapes
  • Solving multi-step trig. problems using sin, cos and tan
  • Fully describing transformations (reflections, rotations, translations and enlargements)
  • Finding interior and exterior angles of polygons
  • Using 'dimensions' of a formulae to decide if an expression gives a length, area or volume
  • Using tree diagrams to work out probability
  • Deciding if an outcome is biased by comparing theoretical probablility with experimental outcomes
  • Finding median, quartiles and inter-quartile range from cumulative frequency table or graph
  • Using median and quartiles to draw a box plots from data in a table or graph

Unit 3 Grade A skills are


  • Rationlising the denominator of simple surds
  • Calculating upper and lower bounds
  • Manipulating fractional indices
  • Rearranging formulae where the variable occurs twice
  • Manipulating simple algebraic fractions, e.g. addition and subtraction of fractions with (ax ± b) in the denominator
  • Solving algebraic problems, e.g. explain why (n + 1)(n + 20) is an even number
  • Solving quadratics by factorising, formula or completing the square
  • Solving equations by plotting graphs and finding intersections
  • Recognising and using the difference of two squares in harder contexts (px + qy)(px - qy) = p²x² - q²y²
  • Simplifying algebra involving powers
  • Calculating equation of line through a point and perpendicular to a given line
  • Finding trigonometrical solutions, e.g. cos x = 0∙5
  • Recognising graphs of trigonometrical functions
  • Using the sine and cosine rule in simple cases
  • Calculating surface area or volume of various solids
  • Solving problems involving arcs, sectors and segments
  • Using Pythagoras’ Theorem in 3D situations
  • Using similarity in length, area and volume
  • Calculating the distance between points using 3D co-ordinates
  • Proving that triangles are congruent
  • Using circle theorems
  • Carrying out an enlargement with a negative fractional scale factor
  • Using the fact that the area of triangle = ½ab sin C
  • Constructing and interpreting histograms
  • Understand stratified sampling
  • Find probability for combined events using multiplication and addition

Unit 3 Grade A* skills are:


  • Calculating bounds in area and volume questions
  • Manipulating harder indices especially those using negative and fractional indices
  • Simplifying harder surds including using the difference of two squares to rationalise denominator of surds
  • Solving simultaneous equations - one linear and one quadratic
  • Using equation of a circle and finding points of intersection with a line graphically and by simultaneous equations
  • Transforming graphs of trig. functions y = sin x, y = cos x and y = tan x
  • Knowing graphs of exponential and more complex functions
  • Manipulating algebraic fractions
  • Rearranging complex equations
  • Transforming graphs of functions, e.g. y = f(x + a) and y = f(ax)
  • Solving 3D trigonometry problems
  • Using the sine and cosine rule
  • Harder area of 2D shapes - multi-step problems
  • Harder surface area and volume in 3D solids - rearranging and equating formulae
  • Knowing proofs of circle theorems
  • Knowing proofs of construction theorems