The department is following the Edexcel linear syllabus at Key Stage 4. The GCSE course incorporates all aspects of Mathematics: Number, Algebra, Ratio, proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability and Statistics. It focuses on applying Mathematics in context, problem solving, reasoning and the functional elements of Mathematics, concentrating on the knowledge and applications that are most accessible and relevant. The course is a linear scheme with three exams at the end of Year 11, consisting of 1 non-calculator paper and 2 calculator papers.
Some students may also follow Entry Level Mathematics. This course supports their learning at GCSE.
Qualifications which may be obtained at Key Stage 4
At the end of Key Stage 4, students are awarded a GCSE Mathematics grade.
Mathematics is a tiered exam with two levels of entry:
- the Higher tier awards grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, (Grade 3 allowed)
- the Foundation tier awards grades 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
- Entry Level 3, 2, 1
All students must use Hegarty Maths. Students are set a minimum of 2 tasks per week by their Maths teacher. Each student will have a personal login and watch the video for each task and complete the questions. They can message their teacher for assistance. However, an immediate response is generally not possible.
Your child must attend their Maths lessons with appropriate equipment. This must include a scientific calculator. The Maths Department suggest all students purchase the Casio 85gt plus. This will be the only calculator your child will need during Key Stage 3 and 4.