Head of Mathematics: Miss R Duncan, BSc (Hons) Surrey
Maths Teacher: Mrs N Dawson, Higher Diploma, University of Natal, South Africa
Maths Teacher: Mr S McGonnell, BEd (Hons) Bristol
Maths Teacher: Mr I Vallance, BEd Bristol, MA (Education) London SB University
Maths Teacher: Miss L Walls, BSc (Hons) Sussex
All pupils will study Mathematics. Studying Mathematics teaches you a range of key skills which will be valuable as you progress through every stage of your life. These skills include learning to:
• break down problems into small steps in order to solve them using mathematical skills, logic and reason
• relate these skills to real-life situations
• develop the ability to use mathematical language and notation to justify answers.
GCSE Mathematics covers a wide range of skills and areas as at Key Stage 3:
• Geometry & Measure
• Statistics & Probability
• Ratio & Proportion
Pupils who are expected to attain an 8/9 in GCSE Mathematics may also study for the AQA level 2 in Further Maths. This does not contain any coursework but does include elements of the Further Maths A level. Pupils who are interested in this opportunity may follow the course without committing to 13.2
Pupils follow a linear course, examined at the end of Year 11. There is no controlled assessment or coursework element to Mathematics. There are two possible tiers of entry: Higher Tier (Grades 9-4) or Foundation Tier (Grades 5-1). It is expected that pupils will learn the Higher Tier syllabus, but the decision as to which tier of exam a pupil sits will be taken based on their performance during Year 10 and the early stages of Year 11.
Mathematics A Level is the right choice for you if you enjoy thinking logically and solving problems. At GCSE, you discuss new ideas and apply them to questions. The same is true for A Level with a greater emphasis on writing convincing working and applying your skills in a more independent way. Mathematics plays an important role in many careers including computing, business management, economics, medicine, geography, psychology and social sciences. Mathematics can be usefully combined with any subjects.
Two thirds of your course will be a pure maths element and one third is applied. The Core modules build from the number, algebra, and shape topics at GCSE. These include quadratic equations, surds, coordinate geometry, graphs, trigonometry, sequences and calculus.
The applied module is a combination of Mechanics, and Statistics. Mechanics is the study of objects balancing, being rolled or thrown, and collisions. Statistics builds on the data handling topics from GCSE, by covering probability, scatter graphs and correlation, averages and variation, histogram, cumulative frequency, regression and standard deviation. In Decision Mathematics we study problems that require the use of algorithms to solve them. Many of these problems, such as maximizing profits or the timetabling of events, arise every day in the world of business.
There is no coursework or controlled assessment; assessment is by written exams only. A calculator can be used for any exam except Core 1.
If you find GCSE Maths easy and you enjoy algebra and trigonometry, you may feel that you want something more challenging than A Level Maths. In that case, Further Maths is for you! Typically the students who choose Further Maths are hoping to study Maths, Finance, Economics, Engineering, Physics, Medicine, Architecture or other subjects which demand excellent maths skills.
Further maths is easily tailored to the class. It will include further pure and a combination of:
• more further pure
• further statistics
• further mechanics
• decision maths
Further Pure Maths covers topics such as complex numbers, matrices, numerical methods, polar coordinates, differential equations, hyperbolic functions, conic sections, vectors and multivariable calculus. Due to the small group sizes, the applied units are chosen to suit the interests of the students where possible. In Decision Mathematics we study problems that require the use of algorithms to solve them. Many of these problems, such as maximizing profits or the timetabling of events, arise every day in the world of business.
Note that if you wish to study Maths and Further Maths at A2, some universities require two other A Levels in addition. This may affect your choices for AS.