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Head of Department: Mr D Woodcock
Email: [email protected]
Examination Board: Edexcel
All Year 9, 10 and 11 students study Mathematics. Pupils are set according to ability at the start of Year 9 for the GCSE course, although the membership of a set does not have to remain static. Mathematics is an important subject and is both challenging and rewarding. Pupils are encouraged to develop high standards of work and practice, to gain confidence in their abilities and to succeed at the appropriate level.
The papers are differentiated into the higher and foundation tier.The foundation tier covers grades 1-5 and the higher tier covers grades 4-9. Each tier is assessed by 3 written examination papers taken at the end of Year 11. Each paper focuses on number, algebra, geometry and measures, statistics and probability. A calculator is not permitted in the assessment for one of the papers. The weighting of each paper towards the final grade is 33.3%.
In year 9, a group of identified pupils will also start a GCSE Higher Statistics course which will run during years 9 and 10. This course fits alongside the Mathematics GCSE, indeed there is a substantial overlap of content. Being able to produce and analyse statistics can prove to be a very useful tool in the workplace as well as being an extra GCSE.
At the end of year 10 the boys will sit 2 written one and a half hour papers which both cover the whole course and a calculator is allowed for both papers. Each paper is equally weighted and the higher tier covers grades 4 to 9.
A GCSE qualification in Mathematics is required for the study of many subjects at further and higher education, employment and life generally. Our main GCSE course provides a solid foundation for those pupils who wish to specialise in this subject beyond the age of sixteen.