- GCSE Mathematics (AQA)
- GCSE Statistics (AQA)
- GCE Mathematics (AQA)
- GCE Further Mathematics (AQA)
Welcome to the Mathematics Department
We teach all aspects of the subject from Year 7 through to Year 13. We aim to equip all students with the skills necessary to cope with Mathematics as it arises in modern life and to encourage a life-long love and confidence with the subject.
Maths is a universal language, which helps to develop students’ numeracy, enables them to solve problems and encourages logical thinking.
At Key Stage 3 we bridge the gap between the work that the students have covered in Middle School and the GCSE Mathematics course. The students study the key elements of Mathematics: Number, Algebra, Shape, Space, Measures and Handling Data. This time is also used to develop and enhance the students’ numeracy skills and we include a week long functional topic or problem solving project every half term. The students are assessed at the end of each half term with a view to highlighting and improving on any issues that have arisen. There is a major end of year assessment in the summer term, which helps us to identify progress and set the students into September.
As one of the core subjects, the study of Mathematics is compulsory until the end of Year 11. The GCSE programme of study is designed to build upon the work done at KS3. There will be regular assessments throughout the course in preparation. Students are actively encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and regular homework is set which is designed to reinforce and extend the work done in class. We use the website www.mymaths.co.uk and students are encouraged to use this website to help reinforce their understanding of the work in class. It is essential that all students have a scientific calculator, these can be bought through the school website via the wisepay link.
Some students will be given the opportunity to study GCSE Statistics, which extends the work covered by GCSE Mathematics by drawing on the �?Data Handling’ and �?Number’ sections in Mathematics. This consists of a one and a half hour examination in the summer of year 11 with the submission of one piece of controlled assessment comprising 25% of the total exam mark.
At Key Stage 5 we offer courses that cover all abilities and enable students to further develop their Mathematics skills.
For those students who have struggled with the subject at GCSE, we offer a one-year practical based Free Standing Maths qualification through AQA. This programme of study concentrates on Maths that may be used in every-day life, such as finance, spatial techniques and using data.
For those students that achieved a ‘D’ or ‘E’ grade at GCSE, there is the opportunity to retake the GCSE exam twice over the course of year 12; once in November and then again in the summer should they fail to achieve a C grade in the November exam. Again this will involve sitting the Edexcel GCSE linear exam which will account for 100% of the final grade.
Students who continue their studies into Years 12 and 13 can choose to study A and AS Levels in Mathematics. The syllabus followed is OCR (7890-7892). This involves three modular exams at the end of year 12 (AS in Mathematics) followed by three more at the end of Year 13 (A level in Mathematics). The modules include Core, Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Maths.
Students that manage to achieve an A or A* at GCSE Maths and wish to study Mathematics at a high level can opt to study A Level Further Mathematics. This course runs alongside the A level Mathematics course and extends it by covering a variety of areas in greater detail. Further Mathematics is one of the most highly respected subjects offered at A-level. It is recognised by the very top Universities for its challenging content and is therefore an excellent qualification to obtain.