KEY STAGE 3
All students continue to build on the excellent foundations of our Primary Schools. They will develop their skills in the four key areas of number, geometry, algebra and statistics. We also put an emphasis on mental arithmetic, a valuable skill we all need for life.
It is our aim to give students opportunities to use and apply a range of skills and techniques, in real life situations and within mathematics itself. The emphasis has been changed to problem solving and processes rather than content, encouraging a real understanding of the mathematical concepts alongside the recall of mathematical facts. Students are set according to ability in KS3 and homework is regularly set in bespoke topic booklets.
Course Title: GCSE Mathematics
Exam Board: Edexcel
Outcome: GCSE (Grades 9-1)
Course Contact: Mr Mulla
The course aims to develop mathematical knowledge and oral, written and practical skills in a way which encourages confidence and provides satisfaction and enjoyment.
Why is Mathematics so important?
The numeracy skills developed in Mathematics are vital in the modern world. All employers want young people to have a qualification (ideally at least a grade 4) in Mathematics. An important aspect of the course is to understand the way in which Mathematics can be applied to everyday situations and to develop knowledge of the part Mathematics plays in the world around us.
What does the course involve?
The course covers the four attainment targets of the National Curriculum in Mathematics:
- Using and Applying Mathematics
- Number and Algebra
- Shape, Space and Measures
- Handling Data
What about coursework and exams?
You will be assessed at one of two levels:
- Higher - covering Grades 9 - 4
- Foundation - covering Grades 5 - 1
There is no assessed coursework.
Students will be studying a linear course and will sit examinations in May/June of year 11. There are three examinations, each of duration 1 hour and 30 minutes. One paper is non-calculator whilst the other two papers require the use of a scientific calculator. The papers are equally weighted i.e. each paper is worth one third of the total marks. Throughout the course you will take internal tests to monitor your progress though these do not form part of your final grade.
This is an important subject and a good grade will be of value to all students and to those of you who go on to be Sixth Form students. A wide variety of courses involving Mathematics are offered in the Sixth Form.
6th FORM OPTIONS
Course Title: Mathematics
Course Type: AS/A2 A Level Linear
Exam Board: Edexcel Course
Contact: Mrs Randon
What will I study?
You will study Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics over the two years with an option to sit AS Mathematics at the end of year 12 (although this will not count towards your final A level grade). The A level examination will be taken at the end of year 13 and consists of two Pure Mathematics papers and one for the Statistics and Mechanics. The papers are equally weighted. Pure Mathematics will extend students’ existing skills in Algebra and Trigonometry and introduce and develop Calculus, Proof and Vectors. Students will learn about statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and hypothesis testing, alongside kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments.
The aim of the course is to develop understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence; develops abilities to reason logically and extends the range of mathematical skills and techniques and uses them in more difficult, unstructured problems providing a strong foundation for progress to further study.
Where will this course take me?
A Level Mathematics is good for just about everything! People with Mathematics qualifications can go into: Accountancy, Medicine, Engineering, Forensic Pathology, Finance, Business and Economics, Consultancy, Teaching, IT, Games Development, Scientific Research, Programming, Civil Service, Design, Construction, Astrophysics, Risk Analyst, Software Engineer, Meteorologist, Tax Lawyer, Defense Analyst, Environmental protection. Mathematics is seen by universities as a facilitating subject which means that it will help you to study lots of other subjects and pursue lots of different careers. Mathematics is recommended, and sometimes required, for: Computer Science, Accounting, Chemistry, Biology and Life Sciences, Medicine/Nursing, Dentistry, Business Studies, Management Studies, Finance, Architecture, Geology, Psychology, Surveying and even Philosophy. Mathematics is also crucial for studying advanced apprenticeships in Accountancy and Technology and Engineering subjects.
Grade 7 at GCSE in Mathematics is a minimum requirement. Grade 6 students may be considered if they are very close to the Grade 7 boundary and are highly recommended by their GCSE teacher of Mathematics.
Course Title: A2 Further Mathematics (including AS/A2 Mathematics)
Course Type: A2 A Level Linear
Exam Board: Edexcel
Course Contact: Mrs Randon
What will I study?
You will study A2 Mathematics with three examinations taken at the end of year 12 and will carry on to study A level Further Mathematics with four examinations at the end of year 13. The examinations in each year are equally weighted. This counts as ONE A level choice and you DO NOT opt for AS/A2 Mathematics, it is included in the course. As well as the topics covered in A level Mathematics, students will cover proof, algebra and functions, calculus and vectors in more depth and will be introduced to matrices, complex numbers, polar coordinates and differential equations which are vital in many STEM degrees. Students will also deepen their knowledge of applied mathematics. Students who take Further Mathematics enjoy mathematics and the challenge it provides.
Where will this course take me?
Further Mathematics qualifications are highly regarded and welcomed by universities. Students who take Further Mathematics are really demonstrating a strong commitment to their studies, as well as learning mathematics that is very useful for any mathematically rich degree. Some prestigious university courses require you to have a Further Mathematics qualification and others may adjust their grade requirements more favourably to students with Further Mathematics. Further Mathematics may be required for degrees in Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics and Mathematics itself. Students who study Further Mathematics can go on to careers in: Actuarial Science/ Studies; Aeronautical Engineering; Biochemistry; Biomedical Sciences; Chemical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Medicine; Optometry; Physics and Veterinary Science.
Grade 8 or above at GCSE Mathematics and you must be currently in set 1 or 2. Grade 7 students may be considered if they are very close to the Grade 8 boundary and are highly recommended by their GCSE teacher at Mathematics.