Maths is focussed on developing independent mathematicians. We explore all areas of Mathematics; algebra, number, data and shape and spend time discovering the links between each of the topics. Students can expect to experience team challenges, interactive games, real life problems and practical activities. During years 7 and 8 students follow the national curriculum. Year 9 is spent preparing to study GCSE Maths and this is completed in year 11. For those that excel in Maths there is the opportunity to study Maths at A Level.
Key Stage 4
The Key Stage 4 Mathematics course builds on the progress you made in Key Stage 3 and covers work in Number, Algebra, Data, Handling and Spatial Awareness. There is a great emphasis on solving mathematical problems in real life contexts so developing and improving your ability in Mathematics is essential to prepare for working life; whatever career you decide on. To succeed in Mathematics you will need to be able to select and apply your mathematical knowledge in a broad range of practical contexts.
Mathematics could lead you to further study at Post 16 or into a broad range of careers and training. Both employers and other educational establishments highly value a Mathematics qualification and so it is important that you achieve the highest grade that you possibly can. Careers include banking and financial institutions, accounting, all areas of management and leadership, teaching (teachers in all subjects are required to pass Mathematics), engineering, design and architecture.
Three written papers: each contribute 33 ⅓% of the final grade
There are two tiers of entry:
Your teachers will monitor your progress and ensure that you are entered for the most appropriate tier.
As Mathematics has a Foundation (achieve up to grade 6) and a Higher (achieve up to 9) Tier your teachers will use your ongoing assessments to decide at which level you will be entered.
All employers consider this to be an important subject and most will ask whether you have achieved a grade 5 as part of their entry requirement.
If you decide to go on to Sixth Form and University you may need Mathematics at grade 5 or higher.