Mathematics KS4

 
Curriculum followed 2013/14
 Subject: MathematicsAutumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 10:GCSE

Edexcel Linear Mathematics (IMA01)

There are two tiers of entry – Higher and Foundation. The Higher tier offers grades A*-D and Foundation offers grades C-G. The vast majority of students are encouraged to enter the Higher GCSE Tier in order to maximise the probability of attaining the best GCSE grades. Students for whom the Higher Tier is not the best course are entered for the Foundation Tier. Whilst the GCSE course is examined at the end of Year 11, the students are assessed continuously to ensure that they are on course to achieve to their potential and to offer them support if they are not. We are considering a number of extension opportunities for upper ability students which include the possibility of Level 2 Further Maths.

Year 11:GCSE

Edexcel Linear Mathematics (IMA01)

There are two tiers of entry – Higher and Foundation. The Higher tier offers grades A*-D and Foundation offers grades C-G. The vast majority of students are encouraged to enter the Higher GCSE Tier in order to maximise the probability of attaining the best GCSE grades. Students for whom the Higher Tier is not the best course are entered for the Foundation Tier. The GCSE course is examined in the summer of Year 11.

 

What is GCSE Mathematics all about?

You have to study Using and Applying Mathematics, Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measure and Handling Data. You will investigate the use of these in real life contexts and look for interconnecting patterns between them.

Who might enjoy this course?

Everyone needs to take this course because an understanding of Mathematics is required by all employers and well qualified mathematicians earn more. Also you will have great satisfaction when you finally master a difficult topic. 

What courses are there?

All students will follow the Edexcel Linear GCSE course, and will complete it in June of Year 11.

What about exams?

The Linear Course has two written papers:

  • The first one you cannot use a calculator
  • The second one you are expected to have a calculator

What are the entry levels?

There are two levels – Foundation (for grades C-G), and Higher (for grades A*-D).

What about coursework?

There are no examination coursework tasks, but throughout the two years there will be a number of investigations and research tasks.

Are there any other tests apart from the final exams?

Only class tests to assess progress.

What other skills might I develop?

  • Number and use of calculator
  • Problem solving
  • Use of ICT
  • Looking for patterns in results

What could I do next with GCSE Mathematics?

At least a C grade in GCSE Mathematics is required by many employers and by higher education. Those who achieve success in the higher level GCSE paper may progress onto AS / A2 level in the Sixth Form.