Teaching and Learning
The teachers in the mathematics department engage students and convey their enthusiasm for the subject. They provide opportunities for students to make links between different areas of mathematics and in different subject areas. We also promote an understanding of the deep historical and cultural roots of our subject. All students are challenged and expectations of achievement and behaviour are very high.
Opportunities for studying mathematics beyond the curriculum are provided through our ‘Maths Award’ system and by participation in the International Mathematics Challenge. Some students are incredibly successful in the Maths Challenge and go on to participate in further rounds. There is also a very popular Maths Club on Friday lunchtimes. Gifted students study for an AS level module during Key Stage Four alongside the GSCE course, giving them increased scope to study for an extra AS module in Further Mathematics if they wish to in the Sixth Form. Students who need extra support in mathematics can take extra lessons in years 10 and 11 in place of an option subject. Students with the potential to achieve a C follow the Study Plus course, the rest have Study Support lessons with an emphasis on targeted lessons to help them improve in numeracy and problem solving skills. Both Study Plus and Study Support lessons compliment regular GCSE mathematics lessons. All students are placed in ability sets from years 7 to 11. We are subscribed to MyMaths which is a web site designed for use in and out of the classroom. There are online tutorials, practice and revision sessions, as well as online homeworks and mathematical games.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA 8300 GCSE syllabus.
Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level
- enable students to acquire mathematical skills and knowledge;
- give experience of problem solving;
- enable students to apply mathematics and recognise its significance in other subjects;
- develop understanding of mathematical reasoning;
- provide a foundation for further mathematical studies in Higher Education.
Fluency in algebra, trigonometry and computational skills are essential for success. It is also important to enjoy the challenge of mathematical problems. Students with a grade B at GCSE will be considered as suitable candidates to study ‘AS’ Level Mathematics. Some students may prefer to study for the AS course ‘The Use of Mathematics’. This course is provided by AQA and introduces mathematics topics beyond the GCSE syllabus and will lead to an AS qualification (an A2 if studied for two years) as well as two stand alone qualifications in Statistics or Decision maths. The course is designed for students wishing to further their study of Mathematics but not to Degree Level.
The A Level Mathematics course consists of six equally weighted modules. Students must study four modules of Core Mathematics and two Applied modules from Mechanics, Statistics or Decision Mathematics. The AS Level course consists of three equally weighted modules, of which two must be Core Mathematics.
This concerns the ideas, theorems and language of mathematics. The course includes algebra, functions, co-ordinate geometry, calculus, trigonometry, vectors, complex numbers and series.
This is the application of mathematics to physical problems. It involves producing simple models for real situations and applying basic equations to these.
This is the mathematical study of chance and data analysis. Students studying other courses which require data analysis will find this module particularly useful.
This is the application of algorithms and models to practical situations.
Each module is assessed by a 1 hour and 30 minutes examination paper which are taken in May or June.
Further Mathematics – Advanced Level or Advanced Subsidiary Level
This course is designed to enable students to study mathematics in more depth and must be taken with 'A' Level Mathematics. It is an extension of the modular Mathematics 'A' Level course and is assessed in the same way. Students complete six modules (three for 'AS' Level) which build on the 'A' Level modules studied. The modules available cover Core Mathematics, Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Mathematics.
Level 2 Diploma Students
As part of their chosen diploma students studying at level 2, will need to follow the Functional Mathematics Course and need to pass this in order to complete their diploma.
Career and Higher Education Opportunities
Mathematics can be studied in its own right and is an essential tool for many scientific, technology and engineering courses.