Key Stage 4 Mathematics
At Key Stage 4, pupils follow a course leading to the award of two GCSE qualification; one for GCSE Mathematics and one for GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy. Both qualifications will
build on and progress from the levels of mathematics expected at the end of KS3. Whilst the GCSE in Mathematics – Numeracy will assess the mathematics that learners will need in their everyday lives, in the world of work, and in other general curriculum areas, GCSE
Mathematics will extend to aspects of mathematics needed for progression to scientific,
technical or further mathematical study.
In years 10 and 11 we are lucky to be able to have linear setting, resulting in all pupils within each year being taught mathematics at the same time. This allows us to create classes with pupils of similar ability levels to allow for precise teaching. The GCSE specification in Mathematics is designed to enable learners to:
- develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods, techniques and concepts required for progression into mathematics or mathematically-related disciplines or employment routes;
- make connections between different areas of mathematics;
- select and apply mathematical methods in both mathematical and real-world contexts;
- reason mathematically, construct arguments and simple proofs, and make logical
- deductions and inferences;
- develop and refine strategies for solving a range of mathematical and real-world problems;
- communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms;
- interpret mathematical results and draw and justify conclusions that are relevant to the context;
- communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms.
All pupils entered for these GCSEs are required to sit two written papers for each
qualification; Unit 1 non calculator and Unit 2 calculator allowed. These papers will usually
be taken in the summer of Year 11.
There are three tiers of entry for GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy:
- Higher tier (grades A* - C);
- Intermediate tier (grades B – E);
- Foundation tier (grades D – G).
Pupils entered for each qualification must sit both units at either foundation, intermediate of higher tier in the same examination series. In addition, within the faculty we offer the following qualifications to selected pupils:
- Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics-Numeracy;
- Level 2 Certificate in Additional Mathematics;
- Level 2 Certificate in Financial Capability and Careers Development.