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Maths 2018-19

Dept:

Mathematics

 

Mathematics is a subject which is rich in opportunities for developing careers and acting as a doorway into third level education. It is all around us; in the places we live and in the things that we use. Its study develops an array of problem solving skills and reasoning which people utilise in many different walks of life. People recognise that it provides the foundation for much of the work carried out in science and engineering but it is found in many other disciplines as well including medicine, design, computing, accounts, business and economics to name but a few.

 

Staff:

Mr Quinn, Mrs Doherty, Mrs O Hare, Mr P McLoughlin, Miss C McSorley, Mr M McLaughlin & Mr B Stevenson

 

Useful Websites

http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/projects/mep/default.htm

http://web.aqa.org.uk/

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/

http://www.edexcel.com/Pages/Home.aspx

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/REVmaths.htm

http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/subjects/maths.shtml

http://www.ucas.ac.uk/

http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com

http://corbettmaths.com

http://mrcartermaths.com

 

 

KS3:

Students follow the Key Stage 3 curriculum experiencing mathematics in the contexts of Processes, Number, Algebra, Shape and Space and Data Handling. Throughout the Key Stage students are assessed and given opportunities to demonstrate their abilities in each of these areas.

 

Practical work

All students perform accredited CCEA tasks which may involve ICT to solve mathematical problems and carry out mathematical investigations in Using Maths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GCSE

There are two possible courses of study to choose from.

 

CCEA GCSE Mathematics Revised Specification

This is the normal course of study adopted by the majority of students in which they extend their learning into Key Stage 4. Students are offered the opportunity to sit GCSE Mathematics at a level commensurate with their ability.

 

Different units of entry allow for different grades to be awarded.

 

Typically, most students will enter for M3 in January of Year 12 and M7 in summer of Year 12 although other options are available in summer of Year 12.

 

The information below summarises the structure of this GCSE course. All units address the 3 assessment objectives and, where appropriate, questions may require students to know and use problem-solving strategies. Each written paper has a range of question types. Questions are set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts. Students normally take 2 units, one must be from M1, M2, M3 or M4 and one must be from M5, M6, M7 or M8.

 

Content

Assessment

Weight

Availability

Unit M1:

(Foundation)

External written examination with calculator (1 hr 45 mins)

45%

Summer from 2018 and January from 2019

Unit M2:

(Foundation)

External written examination with calculator (1 hr 45 mins)

45%

Summer from 2018 and January from 2019

Unit M5:

Foundation Completion Test

2 external written examinations:

·     Paper 1 without calculator (1 hr)

·     Paper 2 with calculator (1 hr)

55%

Summer from 2019 and January from 2020

Unit M6:

Foundation Completion Test

2 external written examinations:

·     Paper 1 without calculator (1 hr)

·     Paper 2 with calculator (1 hr)

 

55%

Summer from 2019 and January from 2020

Unit M3:

(Higher)

External written examination with calculator (2 hrs)

45%

Summer from 2018 and January from 2019

Unit M4:

(Higher)

External written examination with calculator (2 hrs)

45%

Summer from 2018 and January from 2019

Unit M7:

Higher Completion Test

2 external written examinations:

·     Paper 1 without calculator (1 hr 15 mins)

·     Paper 2 with calculator (1 hr 15 mins)

 

55%

Summer from 2019 and January from 2020

Unit M8:

Higher Completion Test

2 external written examinations:

·     Paper 1 without calculator (1 hr 15 mins)

·     Paper 2 with calculator (1 hr 15 mins)

 

55%

Summer from 2019 and January from 2020

 

 

Students must take at least 40% of the assessment at the end of the course as terminal assessment.

Grades available G to A*.

 

 

 

 

 

GCSE Maths in 1 year followed by GCSE Further Maths in 1 year

 

CCEA GCSE Mathematics Revised Specification

 

Note.   In choosing Further Mathematics students must first complete the CCEA GCSE Mathematics course in one year.

 

Students will be expected to sit Unit M4 and the completion paper M8 at the end of Year 11.

 

 

CCEA GCSE Further Mathematics Revised Specification

 

Further Mathematics GCSE covers two broad areas of Mathematics:

 

Pure Mathematics covering topics such as calculus, trigonometry, logs and matrices

 

Applied Mathematics involving Mechanics such as Newton’s laws, kinematics & forces and also Statistics such as statistical distributions, probability & bivariate analysis.

 

The option of Discrete and Decision maths is not taught.

 

Examination Structure

 

Content

 

Assessment

 

Weightings

 

Availability

Unit 1:

Pure Mathematics

(Mandatory)

External written examination in the form of a single question-and answer

booklet that includes a formula sheet

(2 hours)

50%

Summer from

2018

Unit 2:

Mechanics

(Optional)

External written examination in the form of a single question-and answer

booklet that includes a formula sheet

(1 hour)

25%

Summer from

2019

Unit 3:

Statistics

(Optional)

External written examination in the form of a single question-and answer

booklet that includes a formula sheet

(1 hour)

25%

Summer from

2019

Unit 4:

Discrete and

Decision

Mathematics

(Optional)

External written examination in the form of a single question-and answer

booklet

(1 hour)

25%

Summer from

2019

 

 

 

Only one tier of entry available

 

Grades Available         A* to E

 

Further Mathematics GCSE exam scheduled for May/June series of Year 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GCE AS/A2 Level Mathematics

 

The broad aim of the course is to allow students to develop their understanding of mathematics and its processes in a way that promotes confidence and enjoyment. The range of mathematical skills and techniques is extended, thus developing greater progression and coherence of different areas of mathematics.

 

 

CCEA GCE AS/A2 Mathematics (Revised)

 

 

Content

 

Assessment

 

Weightings

AS 1:

Pure Mathematics

From Sept 2018

External written examination

1 hour 45 mins

Students answer all questions.

60% of AS

24% of A level

AS 2:

Applied Mathematics

From Sept 2018

External written examination

1 hour 15 mins

Students answer all questions.

40% of AS

16% of A level

A2 1:

Pure Mathematics

From Sept 2019

External written examination

2 hours 30 mins

Students answer all questions.

36% of A level

A2 2:

Applied Mathematics

From Sept 2019

External written examination

1 hour 30 mins

Students answer all questions.

24% of A level

 

Assessment Timetable

Modules are sat during the summer exam session.

 

 

 

CCEA GCE A2 Mathematics (Legacy) – Yr 14 2018-2019

This is an extension of the AS Mathematics course studying Pure Mathematics in further detail and introducing Mechanics.

 

Examination Structure – Modular

 

1.      Module Core 3

a.       worth 33 ? %

b.      calculator

2.   Module Core 4

c.       worth 33 ? %

d.      calculator

2.      Module Mechanics 1

a.       worth 33 ? %

b.      calculator

 

 

Assessment Timetable

Modules are sat during the summer exam session of Year 14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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