Mathematics

Year 7, 8 and 9

Each class works on a bespoke curriculum covering all six strands of mathematics: Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics. Mathematical reasoning and problem solving are key skills required across all topics within mathematics and all students are given many opportunities to develop their understanding of these skills, leading to mastering them.

Year 10

AQA GCSE History
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300

Each class works on a bespoke curriculum covering all six strands of mathematics: Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics. Mathematical reasoning, problem solving and communication all key skills required to be successful at Key Stage 4.

Year 11

AQA GCSE History
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300

Students focus more on exam technique and how to apply all their knowledge and skills to problems in different contexts justifying their answer through mathematical reasoning.

EDEXCEL AS and A Level Mathematics

Mathematics is a creative discipline. From measuring the dimensions of a pyramid in Ancient Egypt, to theoretically calculating the correct angle for optimising the flight of a projectile, mathematics is involved.

Mathematics also includes problems to be solved for their own sake: Pentominoes, Towers of Hanoi, Crytpogram, these can all be modelled and solved mathematically!

“Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.” ~ Dean Schlicter

This is a saying that applies the more one studies the topic, with deeper study into mathematics, it will unfold with the mind – a glance at a shadow, a plant, anything will suddenly present itself to you as a mathematical expression. The classic example is the series of numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8… A remarkable pattern of numbers that can be modeled onto most naturally occurring things.

Students who attain a good grounding in A Level Maths will have disciplined their thinking to be rational, problem solving and practical. However, they will also be able to connect up many different fields of life by understanding their foundation in Mathematics – the different options of the course allow diversions into mechanics (useful for physics or practical subjects) or statistics (useful for any course requiring an understanding of data and analysis).

Mathematicians work in many fields.

Qualification equivalence: AS/A Level
Course contact: Mr Hill
Assessment: Exams
Additional entry requirements: GCSE in Maths Grade 7+
Suggested combinations: Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Business.
Link:  www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/maths/Pages/default.aspx

 

AQA A Level Further Mathematics

A Level Further Mathematics is designed to broaden and deepen the mathematical knowledge and skills developed when studying A Level Mathematics. It may be studied alongside or after taking A Level Mathematics and provides a stimulating experience for those who enjoy the subject.

It is a challenging qualification, which both extends and deepens knowledge and understanding beyond A Level Mathematics. Students who do it often say it is their favourite subject. For someone who enjoys mathematics, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and/or more sophisticated mathematical concepts. As well as learning new areas of pure mathematics you will study further applications of mathematics in mechanics, statistics and decision mathematics.

Students who take Further Mathematics find that the additional time spent studying mathematics boosts their marks in single A Level Mathematics. Any student capable of passing an AS/A Level in Mathematics should also be able to pass AS Further Mathematics. Studying Further Mathematics consolidates and reinforces your standard A Level Mathematics work, helping you to achieve your best possible grades. It makes the transition from sixth form to university courses, which are mathematically rich, that much easier as more of the first year course content will be familiar.

If you are planning to take a degree such as Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Finance/Economics, etc., or perhaps Mathematics itself, you will benefit enormously from taking Further Mathematics, at least to AS Level. AS Further Mathematics introduces new topics such as matrices and complex numbers that are vital in many degrees. Students who have studied Further Mathematics find the transition to degree level far more straightforward.

Further Mathematics qualifications are highly regarded and are warmly 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.

Qualification equivalence: AS/A Level
Course contact: Mr S Hill
Assessment: Examinations
Additional entry requirements: Grade 7+ in GCSE Mathematics, must study A level Mathematics
Suggested combinations: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography
Link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/as-and-a-level/further-mathematics-6360