The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for Key Stage 3 is organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should build on Key Stage 2 and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects.
Decisions about progression should be based on the security of pupils' understanding and their readiness to progress to the the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content in preparation for Key Stage 4. Those who are not sufficiently fluent should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
GCSE Mathematics will cover the following content headings:
The table below illustrates the topic areas covered in this qualification and the topic area weightings for the assessment of the Foundation tier and the assessment of the Higher tier.
Since 2004, AS Mathematics has consisted of three units: C1, C2 and an applied unit. To complete the A level, students take a further three units: C3, C4 and another applied unit. C1 to C4 are Core units; the total content of C1 and C2 is almost identical for all awarding bodies; similarly for C3 and C4. There is a choice of applied units drawn from 3 strands, decision mathematics, mechanics and statistics; the possible units are detailed in awarding body specifications for A level Mathematics.
At HACA: We offer a choice of Mechanics & Statistics as applied modules in addition to the 4 Core modules.
In the first year all students will follow three modules: two compulsory Pure Modules plus one of either Mechanics or Statistics. This makes up the AS course. In the second year three more modules are taken: a further two compulsory Pure Modules and one optional: Mechanics or Statistics modules.
Applied units can be combined to make up an A Level qualification of :
Pure Mathematics includes Differential Calculus, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry and Algebra. Statistics includes the uses and abuses of statistics in the media and politics and it is an extension of GCSE Statistics. Mechanics involves the study of problems in the physical world. Topics include vector analysis, projectiles, forces and accelerated motion.
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