Mathematics

We give our students the opportunity to develop the ability to acquire and use problem-solving strategies. Learning how to select and apply mathematical techniques and methods to everyday situations, students will become confident to reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions. They will develop their skills to be able to interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

GCSE Maths

Exam board: AQA
Course code: 8300
Contact: Mr M Pennington | mpennington@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk

This is a linear course – which means that all of the examinations are taken at the end of the course and any part of the specification can be tested on any paper. The specification is designed to be holistic, with a clear structure, and to encourage and motivate students. Maths is important in life because it is used to perform many different daily tasks, such as telling time, reading an odometer, counting change and to make strategic decisions in one’s work life. Similarly, nearly every profession uses some form of maths.

What will I study?

The content for this GCSE has been grouped into the following topic areas:

  • number
  • algebra
  • geometry and measures
  • statistics and probability
  • ratio and proportion

The examination requires students to develop their mathematical knowledge in these areas and use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts. The examination will also require the students to apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.

How will I be assessed?

In years 9, 10 and 11 Maths is taught in broad sets and, within the course, there is an increased amount of flexibility of entry right up to the last term of Year 11. Decisions about entry exam and tier are based on class performance, achievement in module tests and other evidence we collect throughout the KS4 years.

The final examination is taken at either a higher or foundation tier, the grades available for the two tiers are 4-9 and 1-5 respectively.

Course outcomes

1 x GCSE (grades 9-1)

What careers could I pursue?

  • Engineering
  • Accountancy
  • Science
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