Mathematics is a core subject which provides an opportunity to develop powers of logical reasoning, for enhancing everyday mathematical skills and for appreciating the role of mathematics in the world around us. GCSE mathematics at Grade 5 and above is often a necessary requirement for future study in many different subjects.
The aims of the course are:
What will I learn?
The syllabus is based on the National Curriculum for Mathematics for Key Stage 4, including topics on number and algebra, shape and space and data handling with emphasis on using and applying mathematics itself.
Whilst consolidating previous concepts, new material includes vectors and surds, solving algebraic equations with their associated graphs, interpreting statistical data and discovering methods to resolve more complex geometrical shapes. ICT is used extensively to support pupils’ learning also providing innovative ways of practising techniques by using spreadsheets for clarifying algebraic processes, graph plotting programs and geometry packages.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment includes three examination papers of 1 hour 30 minutes each (one non-calculator and two calculator papers), taken at the end of the course.
These incorporate the following Assessment Objectives:
A01 | Use and apply standard techniques
A02 | reason, interpret and communicate mathematically
A03| Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts