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Year 9 Options Process - Mathematics

Introduction

 

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Mathematics and numeracy are at the helm of every aspect of everyday life. It is interwoven into the most basics skills such as counting money and measuring quantities for baking, through to medicine and astrophysics. 

Course Details

The course covers the four key strands of mathematics: Number, Algebra, Geometry and Data & Statistics. There will be opportunities for pupils to apply their knowledge in real-life contexts to understand the importance and value of each topic.  

At GCSE, learners will apply their mathematical skills and knowledge to explore problem solving and reasoning. Pupils will learn to formulate and articulate coherent arguments, with frequent opportunities for debate and discussion. Pupils will be encouraged to explore and devise their own methods to find solutions, to ensure a rich and deep understanding of the subject is established. 

Progression beyond GCSE

Mathematics GCSE lends itself to myriad further education courses or vocational studies. Skills acquired in mathematics will support learners in A levels such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Economics, Design and more. Pupils will also find success applying their mathematical knowledge in various apprenticeships or vocational studies such as building or mechanics.

Where will the course take you? 

Mathematics GCSE lends itself to myriad further education courses or vocational studies. Skills acquired in mathematics will support learners in A levels such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Economics, Design and more. Pupils will also find success applying their mathematical knowledge in various apprenticeships or vocational studies such as building or mechanics.

Course structure and assessment

The GCSE course is comprised of 36 units, each building on the previous unit. Skills are carefully introduced, developed and connected to create one unified and cohesive interpretation and understanding of mathematical concepts.  

Each unit entails a ‘check-in’ pre-assessment to ensure all prerequisite skills are in place, followed by a ‘tracker’ assessment at the end of the unit to assess content at each stage. Following a mastery approach, opportunities for enrichment and corrective activities are present after all assessment points to enable all learners to progress. 

The GCSE is assessed through 100% examination – 3 papers of equal weighting – 2 x calculator, 1 x non-calculator. 

Student work

Pupil work 1 Pupil work 2
Lesson Example 1 Lesson Example 2 Lesson Example 3

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