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Key Stage 4 Options Booklet 2017/2018

Mathematics Department

Mathematics is a core subject and strong competence in this subject is not only an essential part of our everyday lives, it is also expected from most employers and pathways into further education. Success at GCSE Mathematics can allow students to study many other subjects such as Economics, Geography and the Sciences at A level and beyond.

Courses and options offered in Mathematics

  • GCSE Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
GCSE Mathematics
Exam BoardEdexcel
AssessmentThree external examinations at the end of the course
OverviewThis core subject is taught over four lessons per week and aims to develop an in depth understanding and fluency across a range of different Mathematical disciplines. In addition it will give students the opportunity to tackle problems in a range of real life contexts.
Units studied

The course is designed to give students a broad and balanced mathematics curriculum covering topics in six key areas, outlined below:

Number: Arithmetic, types of number, percentages, fractions, decimals and indices.

Algebra: Simplifying, factorising, solving and dealing with complex expressions and equations and being able to see the connection with graphs.

Ratio, proportion and rates of change: Ratio, direct and inverse proportion, growth and decay, gradients and rates of change.

Geometry and measures: Understanding of shape properties, transformations, trigonometry and Pythagoras and then being able to apply to functional questions

Probability: including tree diagrams, Venn diagrams, conditional probabilities, independent trials and mutually exclusive events.

Statistics: Collecting, representing and analysing data and developing the ability to state what this means.

Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of A Level Mathematics and/or A Level Further Mathematics in Sixth Form.
GCSE Additional Mathematics
Exam BoardAQA
AssessmentExternally set examination
OverviewStudents aiming to achieve a 7, 8 or 9 in GCSE Mathematics may be invited to apply to study this course as an additional mathematics course. This course is intended to stretch and expand the knowledge of the students and is more rigorous than the usual GCSE Mathematics. It will be taught alongside the GCSE Mathematics to enable students to further develop their skills in preparation for success at AS/A2 mathematics.
Units studied

The course is designed for students who will comfortably achieve a grade 7 or above at GCSE.

The content consists of four strands of pure mathematics: algebra; co-ordinate geometry; trigonometry; and calculus. These strands are associated with possible applications and consequently provide a taster for applied mathematics. It will count as an additional qualification to the core GCSE Mathematics and can therefore assist with University applications.

Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of A Level Mathematics and/or A Level Further Mathematics in Sixth Form.
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