Friday, 24 November, 2017

Mathematics

Maths Y13Mathematics is Important. Mathematics is a universal part of human culture. It is the tool and language of commerce, engineering, physics, computing, biology, medicine, economics – the list goes on and on. It helps us recognise patterns and to understand the world around us. Mathematics plays a vital, often unseen, role in many aspects of modern life. Without mathematics our world would be a very different place indeed.

Mathematics is Diverse. Mathematics is extremely diverse. It spans the centuries and celebrates the writings and discoveries of many people from across the globe. It has an unparalleled ability to describe and make sense of the world around us, from the sub-atomic world to space and beyond. It is the tool which enables our doctors and nurses to function effectively and it is the mechanism that drives all of our business and financial transactions. It is the key element that enables our modern age to move forward.

Mathematics has Good Career Prospects. Analytical and quantitative skills are sought by a wide range of employers. A GCSE in Mathematics provides you with a broad range of skills in problem solving, logical reasoning and flexible thinking. This leads to careers and opportunities that are exciting, challenging and diverse in nature.

Course Outline

A GCSE in Mathematics requires students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including: Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Statistics, Probability.

Pupils will use their knowledge to make connections between mathematical concepts. They will apply the functional elements of Mathematics in everyday and real-life situations. Students will be given the opportunity to develop the ability to acquire and use problem –solving strategies. They will select and apply mathematical techniques, reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions. They will interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Mathematics is a compulsory GCSE.

Assessment Information

A GCSE in Mathematics requires pupils to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including:  Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Statistics, Probability, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change.

Pupils will use their knowledge to make connections between mathematical concepts.  They will apply the functional elements of Mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.  Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop the ability to acquire and use problem–solving strategies.  They will select and apply mathematical techniques, reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions.  They will interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.  Mathematics is a compulsory GCSE.

Pupils sit three written papers at the end of Year 11.  Each paper contributes to 1/3 of the qualification.  The papers are 1 hour and 30 minutes each, and each paper contains 80 marks.  Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper, and Papers 2 and 3 are calculator papers.  The papers test each pupil’s ability to:

·         Use and apply standard techniques (40 – 50%)

·         Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically (25 – 30%)

·         Solve problems within Mathematics and in other contexts (25 – 30%)

Edexcel offer two tiers within GCSE Mathematics.  Higher tier enables pupils to access the grades from 4 to 9.  Foundation tier enables pupils to access grades from 1 to 5.  A grade 4 (grade C) is a pass, but all pupils should aim to achieve a minimum grade 5 (gradeC/B). Grade 5 is seen as a ‘good pass’.


Specification Link
  

At TGS we follow the Edexcel Mathematics Linear course.  Details of the course specification and what new content has been added can be found at http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

A Level Mathematics introduces and develops fundamental ideas that build a repertoire of key skills. These can be either enjoyed in their own right (such areas are known as “Core” or “Pure” Mathematics), or employed to solve problems in other areas (“Applied” Mathematics).

Assessment is through modular examinations.

Minimum Entry Requirements:
A minimum GCSE Grade B in Mathematics.
Further Mathematicians should have an A* at GCSE.

In both years (AS and A2) you will build upon previous knowledge and be introduced to entirely new concepts and ideas. You will explore how to tackle a wide of variety of problems by applying these ‘mathematical tools’ appropriately. You will learn to spot common themes to some areas whilst developing novel approaches to others.

AS
The AS level builds upon the techniques from GCSE and extends them. You will study two “Core” modules and one “Applied” module. GCSE topics that are significantly extended include Trigonometry and Algebra, whilst fundamental new ideas include Calculus and Logarithms, for instance.

A2
The A2 level builds upon the work covered in AS. As with AS, two “Core” and one “Applied” module constitute the award. New ideas, such as different types of functions (e.g. modular, composite) and the transcendental number “e” are introduced whilst Trigonometry, Vectors and Calculus are extended, amongst other things.

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