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​  Curriculum Area: Mathematics KS4 and KS5







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Key Stage 4

All students will study Mathematics for 4 hours per week.   The changes that have been introduced by the Government mean that Mathematics is now double-weighted and will count twice towards your overall achievement.

What will I learn about?

what will i learn about icon.jpg In Mathematics you will study a new syllabus for GCSE which represents an increase in scope and content. The course content builds upon the concepts you have studied at Key Stage 3 and introduces a formal focus on examination technique.


The key aims of the mathematics GCSE course are to:

  • Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts.
  • Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems.
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions.
  • Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

How will my work be assessed?

In Year 10 you will continue to sit end of topic milestones. These assessments will have a broader focus than before taking the form of mini GCSE papers assessed at either Higher or Foundation tier.

In Year 11 the emphasis is on the application of mathematics concepts to solve GCSE style problems and the revision of key knowledge covered in Year 10.  Student assessment and tracking through Year 11 will be in the form of formal GCSE trial examinations sat at the end of each half term. From these assessment students receive a full evaluation of their own strengths and areas for development.

What courses could I go on to study?

Mathematics is essential for all further studies including entry into PGS Post 16 Centre.  Any Sixth Form, College or University will be ideally looking for a Maths qualification at grade 4 or above depending on the type of course you want to study. 

What jobs can this qualification lead to?

All employers will want to see evidence of good numeracy skills, and many jobs will carry a requirement of a certain grade at GCSE.

Who can I speak to for more information?

For more information about Mathematics please speak to  Mr Coe,  Curriculum Area Leader: Mathematics    

Key Stage 5


what will i learn about icon.jpgWhy on earth do we need trigonometry? What has a surd got to do with anything?  Choosing to study Mathematics at A-level will answer many questions such as these.



Choosing to study Mathematics at A-level will answer many questions such as these.

As well as greatly enhancing your CV for your future career, it will provide an enjoyable test of your skills and a feeling of satisfaction that not many other A-levels can offer.

The new Mathematics A-Level consists of 3 papers of equal credit taken at the end of Y13. Paper 1/2 are 'Core' papers and contain topics such as;

· Coordinate Geometry
· Algebra and Functions
· Trigonometry
· Calculus
· Vectors
· Exponentials and Logarithms

Paper 3 is an 'Applied' paper and contains topics from Mechanics and Statistics including;
· Probability
· Statistical Distributions
· Kinematics (how things move)
· Newton's Laws
· Moments (Levers)

Please note, in order for you to study Mathematics, you must have gained a grade 6 or above in your GCSE

Who can I speak to for more information?

For more information about Mathematics at A Level  please speak to  Mr D Gray,  Second in Department

Further Mathematics

what will i learn about icon.jpgDo you like doing Maths just for Maths sake? Do you ever get annoyed at those people who ask the dreaded question, "When are we ever going to use this?" "You're not, I just like doing it!"  If the answer resonates then Further Mathematics is for you!


If you are thinking of taking Mathematics or Engineering courses at University, then Further Mathematics is sometimes a requirement, but always useful for these subjects.

The new Further Mathematics A-Level consists of 4 papers of equal credit taken at the end of Y13. Papers 1 and 2 are prescribed 'Core' content, which includes topics such as:

· Complex Numbers

· Matrices

· Further Calculus

· Hyperbolic Functions

· Differential Equations

Papers 3 and 4 are made up of optional content which can include Statistics, Mechanics, Decision Mathematics or further Core material.

Please note, in order for you to choose to study Further
Mathematics, two criteria need to be met:

· You must also be studying 'normal' Mathematics
· You must have gained an grade 8 or above at GCSE

Who can I speak to for more information?

For more information about Further Mathematics at A Level  please speak to  Mr D Gray,  Second in Department


Core Mathematics

what will i learn about icon.jpg  Have you got a grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths  and want to carry on with Maths, but have not chosen Mathematics  A-Level?

Are you thinking of going to University, but haven't chosen to do Mathematics A-Level?

Are you planning a career in the Business, Science, Social Sciences or Humanities sectors, but haven't chosen Mathematics A-Level?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then Core Mathematics could be for you!

Core Maths is a brand new course for those who want to keep up their valuable maths skills but are not planning to take A-level mathematics. At the end of the two-year course, you will come out with a level 3 qualification – with the same number of UCAS point as an A/S. The qualification is assessed by final examination and some courses also offer the option of submitting a portfolio of coursework.

What do I need to be able to study Core Maths?
You will need a Grade 4 or above in mathematics at GCSE. 

Why should I study Core Maths? 
Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life maths skills. What you study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life and most courses will include a financial maths element. It will also help with other A-level subjects – in particular with science, geography, business studies, psychology and economics.

The skills developed in the study of mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education; studying Core Maths will help you keep up these essential skills. Most students who study maths after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning potential.

Will it be recognised by Universities and Employers?
Core Maths is a new course but already several universities have come out in strong support of it. Even subjects like history now recognise the importance of statistics and so a Core Maths qualification will help you hit the ground running at university. The qualification carries the same weight as an ordinary AS-Level and is counted by UCAS when submitting University applications.

Employers from all different sectors are also firmly behind the Core Maths qualification. Many roles in today's workplace require high levels of budget management and problem-solving skills; Core Maths will be a useful tool in equipping you with these skills. 

Why Core Maths?
Only 20 per cent of students study maths beyond GCSE in the UK – the lowest rate in leading developed countries in the world; in Japan, this figure is 85 per cent. This puts young people in the UK – you – at a major disadvantage in a global job market. The UK government wants this to change and has put in place a plan to encourage more students to carry on studying maths after GCSE. The aim is to ensure that by 2020, the vast majority of all students in post-16 education continue to study some form of maths.

This is an enrichment subject offered during enrichment time.

Who can I speak to for more information?

For more information about Core Mathematics please speak to  Mr D Gray,  Second in Department

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