Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11 —GCSE Mathematics

The GCSE Mathematics qualification (Grade 1 to 9) encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society.

At GCSE, we use the OCR J560 qualification for students attempting the foundation tier (awarding grades 1 – 5) and the AQA 8300 qualification for students attempting the higher tier (awarding grades 4 – 9). Grade 5 is considered the access grade by most Sixth form colleges. Assessment is made up of three question papers, more information can be found in the diagram below. Students will begin to follow a foundation, crossover or higher pathway in Year 10 but students can move between pathways throughout KS4 to ensure they reach their potential.

‚ÄčThe content studied in mathematics can be classified into broad topic areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

This course gives students the opportunity to develop the ability to:

  • Develop problem-solving strategies
  • Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations
  • Reason mathematically to draw conclusions
  • Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Please follow the following links for more information

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/mathematics-j560-from-2015/specification-at-a-glance/

Year 11 — AQA GCSE Statistics (8382)

Statistics is about making decisions when there is uncertainty. Perhaps one of the most versatile areas of maths, it gives students the skills to collect, analyse, interpret and present data.

AQA GCSE Statistics has a Foundation tier (awarding grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (awarding grades 4 – 9) and is offered to students in Year 11. Assessment is made up of two question papers, more information can be found in the diagram below.

Please follow the following link for more information https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/statistics-8382

Year 11 — AQA Certificate Level 2 Further Mathematics (8365)

The AQA Certificate in Level 2 Further Mathematics is a qualification designed for students achieving Grades 7, 8 and 9 in GCSE Mathematics who want to study Mathematics at Level 3 and beyond. It is non-tiered and designed to extend and challenge beyond the GCSE Mathematics qualification. More information about the assessment structure and course can be found in the diagram below and by following this link https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/aqa-certificate/further-mathematics-8365

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