The maths team’s aim is to promote and develop high standards of numeracy and maths skills to enable students to fulfil their potential so they can progress to the next stage of their education.
Year 11 students are encouraged to pursue the GCSE syllabus with the AQA exam board. This could be either at the foundation or higher level. For the first 3 ½ terms of the academic year, students follow an accelerated course designed to equip them for these exams. The remainder of the year is spent revising these skills and looking at specimen maths papers. From these specimen papers, individual revision topics are selected.
All students will sit functional skills exams, with multiple opportunities in the first 2 terms of the academic year. Some students may find that working towards functional skills throughout the year would be more appropriate, however many students will be expecting to sit the GCSE maths exam at the end of the academic year.
All year 9 and 10 students follow the same syllabus as the year 11 students. Throughout the year students are assessed as to ‘exam readiness’ as will sit functional skills examinations. The main purpose of Year 9 and 10 is to prepare students to succeed in year 11.
Exam requirements (GCSE/Functional Skills L1/L2)
The GCSE paper comprises of 3x 90 minute papers covering the 5 areas of the AQA maths exam criteria – Number, algebra, shape space and measures, statistics, ratio and probability. Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper, whereas paper 2 and 3 require the use of a calculator.
The Functional Skills paper comprises of 1x 90 minute paper, which is scored out of 48 marks. Both level 1 and level 2 are divided into 3 sections – Representing using mathematics, analysing situations mathematically and Interpreting solutions to problems using mathematics.