Students have the chance to study:
KS3 Compulsory Mathematics
KS4 GCSE Mathematics
KS3 A Level Mathematics / Further Mathematics
Mathematics has been described as “the most powerful and beautiful subject in the world.” It forms a universal part of our culture whose study helps us to recognise pattern and so better understand the world around us.
At Foxford, the Mathematics Faculty aspires to the highest standards of excellence in teaching to enable all students to build learning skills for the future. We set challenging targets and have high expectations of all students. We aim to give them a postive experience in the classroom, offering enrichment opportunities both within and outside the curriculum, allowing them to explore and enjoy the subject.
The study of Mathematics can lead to a variety of exciting professional careers and is widely recognised as an opportunity gateway into fields such as engineering, science and commerce. It plays a vital, often unseen role in many aspects of modern life.
In Key stage three students revise and extend the concepts studied at primary school, building the foundations in the key areas of Number, Algebra, Shape space, Measures and Data handling. They are introduced to contextual problem solving to prepare them for study at GCSE.
During Years Ten and Eleven students continue to build on the knowledge and skills they have acquired during Key Stage three, working towards a GCSE in Mathematics from the Edexcel examination board.
What will you study in Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1)?
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- Geometry and measures
- Statistics and probability
How will you be assessed?
100% exam. There are two tiers of entry available Foundation (grades 1-5) and Higher (grades 4-9). The assessment of each tier will consist of three externally examined papers. It is a linear qualification, all examination papers must be taken in the same examination series at the end of the course. There is one non-calculator paper and two calculator paper. Each paper is worth 80marks. The time allocation for each paper is 1hr 30mins.
Students who achieve a grade B or higher can go on to study Mathematics at post 16. In Year Twelve students study three units, two in pure mathematical concepts where students consolidate work done at GCSE and extend into new fields such as calculus. The third unit is in the application of statistics.
In Year Thirteen students study a further three units, again two focused on pure mathematics with the third in the application of mechanics.
Students who have shown a flair for the subject participate in the UK Mathematics Challenge, a competition that students throughout the UK and Commonwealth take part in.