mathematics

Key Stage 5

We offer A-level Mathematics which combine pure maths, mechanics and statistics. For Mathematics, students usually study modules called Pure maths, Statistics and Mechanics. Pure modules consist of number, algebra, geometry, Calculus and proof. Students have the opportunity to take part in individual and team competitions. We also take students to University events.
The aims of the courses enable students to: 

• Develop their understanding of mathematical principles and their interest in the subject.

• Extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and apply them to problems that are more complex.

• Acquire the foundation necessary for the further study of Mathematics and Mathematics related subjects.

• Develop the ability to recognise real life situations that can be modelled mathematically and knowledge of the appropriate procedures to be followed in order to produce useful results.
For those students who return to KS5 without a grade 4 or above in maths, we offer 2 pathways to support them achieving this alongside their training provider. We place students on the GCSE retake pathway or functional skills level 1 or 2 pathway.

Additional support 

• 1-1 – Students in year 12 and 13 studying our A-level pathway are offered 1-1 support from a specialist in their study skills periods.
• Study skills - Students following our Retake pathway are offered specialist support from a HLTA to improve on their areas of development.

Assessment: 

Assessment in mathematics aims to capture the progress students are making at four points throughout the academic year. This enables teachers to know which topics or aspects of topics to re-teach which were not grasped first time. Teachers can identify gaps in student learning and through effective feedback students can resolve misconceptions and swiftly develop further knowledge and skills. 

Year 12 

• Students sit two PPE cycles where students’ sit a full set of papers. These happen in January and end of year
• During the course of the year students, complete end of module assessments where teacher feedback allows students to address misconceptions.

Year 13 

• Students sit two PPE cycles where students’ sit a full set of papers. These happen in January and March before they sit their final A-level exams.
• During the course of the year students, complete end of module assessments where teacher feedback allows students to address misconceptions.