Key Stage 3
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Key Stage 4
GCSE Mathematics underpins many different aspects of everyday life. From the bare minimum of demonstrating mathematical understanding at age 16 to prospective employers, through to a range of A-Levels and other courses of Further/Higher Education and on to cutting edge Mathematical Research Projects. Mathematics is an essential tool that consistently supports many other subjects. GCSE Mathematics covers the basics and attempts to provide a variety of taster opportunities from different disciplines within the scope of Mathematics. Mathematics is excellent training for an enquiring and logical mind. Simple jottings with a pencil and paper have led to great advances in Aviation, Genetics, Space Travel and Zoology to name just a few.
In June of Year 11 students will sit three exams: Paper 1 (Non Calculator), Paper 2 (Calculator) and Paper 3 (Calculator). Each exam contributes to 33.3% of the overall grade. The examined elements consist of probability, statistics, number, algebra, geometry, measures, ratio and proportion.
Key Stage 5
Core Maths Level 3
Mathematical Studies(Core Maths) is an option choice for students who are looking to keep up to speed with their Maths skills or are interested in learning more about practical Maths which will affect you.
The course is equivalent to an AS-Level and is delivered through two lessons per week. This is to allow the classes to both to support your other studies as well as to minimise the impact on your main subject choices. You will earn around 20 UCAS points for this qualification.
Some of the main topics covered are: Personal Finance, Data Analysis; including averages and standard deviation, Practical Estimation and Modelling. Further there is the option to explore either statistics, graphical models or business modelling and risk analysis depending on the needs and interests of the group.
A Level Mathematics
Whether you are interested in surds, summing infinite sequences or solving quadratic equations there are many areas of “Core” mathematics for you to explore at both AS and A2 level. Alternatively, if modelling the flight path of a projectile or calculating the smallest amount of cabling required connecting the internet to a housing development has more appeal, you will enjoy the range of “applied modules” we have on offer. This is the right course for you if Mathematics is something you love to do every day or need for your chosen career. An A-Grade at GCSE is the requirement for the course, however if this is not achieved individual discussions will be required before being accepted onto the course.
- AS-Mathematics; following the AQA syllabus you will be required to complete both Core 1 and Core 2 as well as the choice of one applied module (either Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1) in year 12.
- A-Level; in addition to the AS modules to complete the A-Level in Mathematics you will then need to complete Core 3 and Core 4 with a choice of one other applied module (either Mechanics 1, Statistics 1 or Decision 1).
During the year end of chapter assignments will be set with regular half termly assessments being made to track progress. Formal examinations for all modules are taken in the summer term which will be combined to account for 100% of the final grade, there are no coursework elements to the course.
A Level Further Mathematics
Students will explore further mathematical concepts over the two years such as Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations as well as further statistics and mechanics. Students can study this alongside their core to try and further their mathematical understanding.