Mathematics equips students with a powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. It breaks down cultural and international barriers and is a global language, essential in everyday life and all aspects of employment. To this end, the Mathematics Learning Area nurtures a love of mathematics as a creative challenge while developing the skills of logical reasoning, problem-solving and the ability to think in abstract ways.
It is the aim of the mathematics department to enable all students, irrespective of background or ability, to achieve their full potential in mathematics.
We want all students to leave with a qualification to help them succeed in the workplace, and for them to enjoy mathematics in its own right.
Links to Teaching and Revision Resources
- Just Maths (great for GCSE revision) – online.justmaths.co.uk/current-gcse/
- Pearson Active Learn (used for years 7 to 11 homework) – www.pearsonactivelearn.com
- Mathswatch (useful for yrs 7 to 11 revision/reinforcement) – www.mathswatchvle.com
- Hegarty maths ( used for yr 7 to 11 homework) – www.hegartymaths.com
- Diagnostic Maths questions (do you make the common errors? – GCSE revision) – www.diagnosticquestions.com
Years 11 and below: GCSE (9-1) Maths
Edexcel, specification 1MA1, teaching from 2015, first assessment 2017
Students in the main school have all commenced the new GCSE in mathematics.
The assessments will cover the following content headings:
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- Geometry and measures
Two tiers are available: Foundation grades 1 to 5 and Higher grades 4 to 9. Content is defined for each tier.
The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier. All three papers must be at the same tier of entry and must be completed in the same assessment series.
Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.
Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.
Each paper has 80 marks.
The content outlined for each tier will be assessed across all three papers. Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.
First assessment series: May/June 2017.
The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade. Individual papers are not graded.
Years 12 & 13: A Level Maths & Further Maths (2008)
Edexcel Mathematics (8371, 9371) and Further Mathematics (8372, 9372)
First assessment 2008 and last assessments in 2018
Students currently in years 12 and 13 are completing the AS and A2 courses in Maths and Further Maths.
Students complete 6 units for the A Level Mathematics course and 1 units for the Further Mathematics course. These units can be completed in May/June of either Year 12 or Year 13.
Units covered are taken from:
- Core 1, 2, 3 & 4;
- Mechanics 1 & 2;
- Statistics 1 & 2;
- Decision & Discrete Maths 1 & 2; and
- Further Maths 1, 2 & 3
All examination papers last 1 hour 30 minutes. All examination papers have 75 marks. C1 is a non-calculator paper: for all other unit examinations, calculators can be used.
Year 12, from 2017: A Level Maths & Further Maths (2017)
Edexcel 9MA0, teaching from 2017, first assessments in 2018
This reformed A Level qualification will taught to students starting A Level Maths and Further Maths from September 2017.
Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.
Paper 1: Pure Mathematics 1 (*Paper code: 9MA0/01)
Paper 2: Pure Mathematics 2 (*Paper code: 9MA0/02)
Each paper is: 2 hours written examination, worth 100 marks, contributing 33.33% of the qualification.
Pure Mathematics overview
- Algebra and functions
- Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane
- Sequences and series
- Exponentials and logarithms
- Numerical methods
Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (*Paper code: 9MA0/03)
2 hours written examination, 100 marks, contributing 33.33% of the qualification
- Statistical sampling
- Data presentation and interpretation
- Statistical distributions
- Statistical hypothesis testing
- Quantities and units in mechanics
- Forces and Newton’s laws