Maths – FAQ

What are the aims of the course?

To develop students into mathematical problem solvers who are willing to experiment, make mistakes and develop efficient methods to solve problems.

What assessments will I have to complete?

Students will complete two learning checkpoints (short topic based assessments) and one summative assessment (GCSE papers) each half term. Written feedback will be provided after each assessment and students will also receive a ‘working at’ grade after each summative assessment.

What is involved in the examination?

 Students will either sit a foundation (maximum grade 5) or a higher (maximum grade 9) tier examination, in each case the examination will be made up of three papers each lasting 1 hour 30 minutes, each carrying equal weight Paper 1 is non-calculator and papers 2 and 3 are both calculator. Questions generally increase in difficultly as students progress through the paper and consist of a mixture of topics from the entire syllabus.

What topics will I study?

Students will study a variety of topics falling under the broad areas of number, algebra, geometry and statistics.

What skills will I develop?

In addition to key mathematical skills students will also develop the problem solving skills and resilience.

What examination will I take?

Students will sit three examinations all lasting 1hour 30minutes, paper 1 is a non-calculator paper and papers 2 & 3 both calculator.

What independent study will I have to undertake?

Students will be set homework each week in the form of a booklet of exam questions on topics recently covered in lessons. In addition they are expected to revise for all Learning Checkpoints and Summative Assessments. Students have access to various resources to support this revision the most notable is the schools subscription to www.justmaths.co.uk which has wealth of resources from videos tutorials to exam style worksheets and worked solutions. Year 11 Students are also provided with a exam practice work book free of charge.

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?

There are too many possible careers to mention them all, however examples are; accounting, medicine, engineering, forensic pathology, finance, business, consultancy, teaching, IT, games development, scientific research, programming, civil service, design, construction and astrophysics to name a few…