Mathematics

Mathematics prepares students for life in an increasingly technological age. All students need some form of mathematical ability and many occupations require students to have a good qualification in this subject. Students with excellent mathematics qualifications are now highly sought after and can be very well paid by employers. Consequently, it is of little surprise that the numbers of students applying for mathematics courses at ‘A’ level and degree level are the fastest growing of any subject.

Mathematics will improve students’ investigational skills and help them in other subjects.

Students have the opportunity to enter the UKMT Maths Challenges. Large numbers of students win certificates and many progress to further rounds.


Our Numeracy Logo is seen by students in other subjects to promote Numeracy across the curriculum.


During Key Stage 3, the department addresses the new curricular requirements for Years 7 and 8 including the core elements of Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry and Handling Data. Our scheme of work is based on the United Learning Curriculum which is broken down into Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which are the essential skills that prepare our students for future success at GCSE and beyond.

Students complete homework online every week using Hegarty Maths.

Mathematics GCSE includes the areas of Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change. Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics.

Students will be expected to demonstrate ‘functional skills’ in their work, both at Foundation Tier and at Higher Tier.

In Mathematics, students start their GCSE work in Year 9. There will be (internal) exams  provided by United learning throughout Years 9 and 10 to assess each student’s progress. Students will revisit topics on a weekly basis in class by the means of a Fluency test.

Students complete homework online every week using Hegarty Maths.

There are two tiers of entry:-

Higher Tier: grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3

Foundation Tier: grades 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

There is no coursework element in Mathematics. Assessment will be by examination at the end of the course. Both tiers will have three papers to take – one calculator and two non-calculator – placing a greater emphasis on written and mental arithmetical skills.

‘A’ Level Mathematics is a facilitating subject. It is essential for anyone considering a university course in Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or a closely related discipline, and obviously Mathematics itself. It is also very useful for Economics and other degrees where an element of statistics is involved. However, due to its demanding nature it is also recognised by employers as one of the best ways of identifying intellect among their applicants. It is well known that people with mathematical skills go on to earn higher than average salaries.

Over the two year course students will study both pure and applied content. At the end of the two-year programme there are three exams:

Paper 1: 33.33%

Pure Maths 1

2 Hours Written Exam

AS and A level pure maths content can be assessed     

Paper 2: 33.33%

Pure Maths 2

2 Hours Written Exam

AS and A level pure maths content can be assessed

Paper 3: 33.33%

Statistics and Mechanics

2 Hours Written Exam

Separate sections for statistics and mechanics

 
AS exams will be taken at the end of Year 12. Successful completion of these will enable transition to the full linear course.

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