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Mathematics

  • GCSE Mathematics
  • AS Level Mathematics
  • A Level Mathematics
  • A Level Further Mathematics

Mathematics is an extremely popular subject at the College with many pupils continuing to study the subject in the Sixth Form. The ethos of the Mathematics Department is to foster the belief that every pupil can do well in maths, that mistakes are valuable and that mathematical learning can be fun.

“Mathematics has beauty and romance. It’s not a boring place to be, the mathematical world. It’s an extraordinary place; it’s worth spending time there.” (Marcus du Sautoy)

The GCSE programme of study starts in Year 9 and this is an exciting time for our pupils as they develop their mathematical thinking through investigation, develop their problem solving skills and learn about the beauty of maths. These skills are further enhanced, as they progress through Years 10 and 11, with a renewed emphasis on problem-solving, functionality and mathematical thinking. There will be a much greater focus in examinations on the assessment of applying mathematics and using mathematics to solve problems, and some questions will be set in contexts that pupils should be expected to deal with in the real world.

The Edexcel 1MA1 GCSE course follows a two-tier system consisting of a Foundation tier covering grades 1-5 and a Higher tier covering grades 4-9. This GCSE will be entirely assessed by three written examinations at the end of Year 11.

For those pupils who enjoy mathematics and want to continue studying it at a higher level - be it for pure enjoyment or as part of their chosen career path - there is further study in the Sixth Form.

“There should be no such thing as boring mathematics.” (Edsger Dijkstra)

Currently, the A Level course is split into a series of modules and pupils sit two examinations at the end of Year 12 and a further four examinations at the end of Year 13. Pupils will study the four pure mathematics modules (Core 1, Core 2, Core 3 and Core 4) and two applied modules (Decision 1, Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1).

There is also the opportunity to study Further Mathematics which is an additional six modules or to take an AS Level which is only three modules studied over two years.

The study of mathematics at A Level is very demanding and requires pupils to be dedicated to the course. A great deal of emphasis is placed on independent learning outside the classroom in order to support the work that is being taught during regular lessons. After all, mathematics is everywhere you look and is key to understanding how the world works.

"If you listen to the great Beatles records, the earliest ones where the lyrics are incredibly simple. Why are they still beautiful? Well, they’re beautifully sung, beautifully played, and the mathematics in them is elegant. They retain their elegance." (Bruce Springsteen)