Key Stage 4

All students will study Mathematics for 9 hours per fortnight. The changes that have been introduced by the Government mean that Mathematics is now double-weighted and will count twice towards your overall achievement.

What will I learn about?

what will i learn about icon.jpg In Mathematics you will study a new syllabus for GCSE which represents an increase in scope and content. The course content builds upon the concepts you have studied at Key Stage 3 and introduces a formal focus on examination technique.

The key aims of the mathematics GCSE course are to:

Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts.
Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems.
Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions.
Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

How will my work be assessed?

In Year 10 you will continue to sit end of topic milestones. These assessments will have a broader focus than before taking the form of mini GCSE papers assessed at either Higher or Foundation tier.

In Year 11 the emphasis is on the application of mathematics concepts to solve GCSE style problems and the revision of key knowledge covered in Year 10. Student assessment and tracking through Year 11 will be in the form of formal GCSE trial examinations sat at the end of each half term. From these assessment students receive a full evaluation of their own strengths and areas for development.

What courses could I go on to study?

Mathematics is essential for all further studies including entry into PGS Post 16 Centre. Any Sixth Form, College or University will be ideally looking for a Maths qualification at grade 4 or above depending on the type of course you want to study.

What jobs can this qualification lead to?

All employers will want to see evidence of good numeracy skills, and many jobs will carry a requirement of a certain grade at GCSE.

Who can I speak to for more information?

For more information about Mathematics please speak to Mr Coe, Curriculum Area Leader: Mathematics

 

Key Stage 5

Mathematics

When is algebra used in everyday life? How are logarithms and population growths related? Why do airlines overbook flights? Questions such as these are just some of the problems we will seek to answer through A Level Mathematics.

Mathematics is one of the most sought-after skills in the world today. Studying A Level Mathematics builds on the skills acquired at GCSE and naturally progresses your understanding of key principles, as well as introducing new concepts such as calculus. The new Edexcel Mathematics A Level consists of three papers of equal credit, all taken at the end of year 13.

Papers 1 and 2: Pure Mathematics
Topics include:
– Coordinate Geometry
– Algebra and Functions
– Trigonometry
– Calculus
– Vectors
– Exponentials and Logarithms
– Numerical Methods

Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics
Topics include:
– Statistical Sampling
– Data Representation and Interpretation
– Probability
– Statistical Distributions
– Statistical Hypothesis Testing
– Quantities and units in mechanics
– Kinematics

You will need to achieve a Grade 6 or above at GCSE to access A Level Mathematics.

Future Study and Career Opportunities
An A Level in Mathematics can lead to Higher Education opportunities in Mathematics, Physics, Biomedical Science, Molecular Biology, Engineering (Mechanical, Chemical and Electrical), Aerospace, Computer Science and Economics. An A Level in Mathematics is often an entry requirement for science-based subjects.

Further Mathematics

What is an imaginary number? Why can we achieve higher acceleration at lower speeds than at higher speeds? What is the difference between Maths and Further Maths? Further Mathematics is designed to extend the knowledge acquired at GCSE in more abstract and complicated ways than A Level Mathematics allows for.

If you are thinking of taking Mathematics or Engineering courses at University, then Further Mathematics is always useful and can sometimes be a requirement.

The new Edexcel Further Mathematics A Level consists of four papers of equal credit, taken at the end of year 13.

Papers 1 and 2: Pure Mathematics
Topics include:
– Complex Numbers
– Matrices
– Further Calculus and Vectors
– Hyperbolic Functions
– Differential Equations
– Proof

Paper 3: Mechanics
Topics include:
– Momentum and Impulse
– Work, Energy and Power
– Elasticity

Paper 4: Decision Mathematics
Topics include:
– Algorithms
– Graph Theory

To access Further Mathematics at A Level you are required to achieve a Grade 8 or above in GCSE Mathematics. You are required to take this course alongside an A Level in Mathematics.

Future Study and Career Opportunities
An A Level in Further Mathematics will support future study opportunities in Mathematics, Physics, Biomedical Science, Molecular Biology, Engineering (Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical), Aerospace, Computer Science, Economics. An A Level in Further Mathematics is often an entry requirement for science-based qualifications.

Career opportunities include Scientific Research, Accountancy and Finance, Computer Science, Teaching and many more!

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