Maths
The Team 201819

Mr M Wright  Director of Learning

Mrs J Ingram

Mrs H Nicholls

Mr T Nicholls

Mr R Hoddinott

Mr J Luo

Mr P Shah

Mr M Fenn
The Mathematics department at Hugh Christie are pleased to offer a number of exciting courses to help the pupils reach their full potential.
Please use the following link to get to My Maths: https://www.mymaths.co.uk/.
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Course Content and Assessment
Key Stage 5
KS5  Mathematics
Mathematics is a gateway to many new opportunities and other subjects and is crucial in our modern society. Employers and universities recognise ALevel Mathematics as a fundamental qualification. People with a mathematics background can achieve salaries far above the average. Mathematics as a challenging but rewarding course that requires excellent independent learning skills and motivation to succeed.
The course develops problem solving and logical thinking and improves ability to process information accurately.
Mathematics ALevel provides pathways to banking and finance, accountancy, economics, commerce, business consultancy, insurance and risk and statistical consultancy. It supports engineering, computing, car design and aerodynamics, medicine and the sciences. It is also useful for the military, architecture, archaeology and broadcasting as well as many other careers and courses.
Course Content
Advanced Subsidiary Assessment Units
The course is divided into two types of units: Compulsory Core Pure Mathematics. The second unit can be on a variety of different topics (such as Further Pure Maths, Further Statistics, Further Mechanics and Decision Maths).
Advanced Level Assessment Units
For the full A Level students continue their studies of the AS content. But the depth and breadth of knowledge gained is much greater
Two examples of important Further pure topics are complex numbers and matrices.
One area of discrete mathematics is graph theory, which includes solving problems such as:
What would be the most efficient route for delivering post around a network of streets? This topic uses algorithms which are vital in computer science.
In addition to two Core Pure Mathematics modules, students will have the option to extend their studies in two of the following areas: Statistics, Mechanics, Decision Maths.
Assessment
Advanced Subsidiary Assessment Units
Assessment in June: 2 x 1 hour 40 min exams
Advanced Level Assessment Units
Assessment in June (Year 13) 4 x 1 hour 30 min exams
KS5  Further Mathematics
For progression to many courses at university it is important to have strong mathematics skills. For most science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree course A level Mathematics is a requirement and AS or A level Further Mathematics is often a preferred subject. Anyone applying to study a degree in a STEM subject should consider taking Further Mathematics to at least AS level as the additional content helps ensure a successful progression to university. AS Further Mathematics is accessible to most A level Mathematics students. Having A level Further Mathematics on your university application is a way to make it stand out.
“Those students who had studied further mathematics to A or ASlevel standard reported coping better with the mathematical content of the degree, and as such perceived that they required less additional support throughout their studies.” Institute of Physics ‘Mind the Gap’ report 2010
“In general, [it’s] harder than expected, especially the mathematical aspects. I felt thoroughly unprepared for the mathematics involved coming from only having maths (no further maths) Alevel. My peers who did study further maths were much better prepared.” Engineering student
A level Further Mathematics is fun and rewarding. It broadens your mathematical skills and promotes deeper mathematical thinking. You will be introduced to interesting new areas of pure mathematics such as complex numbers and apply mathematics in a wider range of contexts.
Course Content
Advanced Subsidiary Assessment Units
The course is divided into three units: Further Pure 1, Decision 1 and then Decision 2, Statistics 2 or Mechanics 1.
Each of the three units are equally weighted at 1/3 of the final AS level.
Advanced Level Assessment Units
In addition to the units studied at AS Level the A Level course includes 3 further units.
The additional units are: Further Pure 2 and Decision 2, Statistics 2 or Mechanics 2
The core mathematics units involve the continued study of algebra and functions, trigonometry, numerical methods, coordinate geometry, mathematical proof; the further exploration into the vast world of calculus; and the introduction of vectors.
The mechanics unit covers the study of how mathematics is applied to physical systems: vectors and their applications; kinematics, statics, and dynamics of a particle; and moments and forces.
Assessment
Advanced Subsidiary Assessment Units
Assessment in June: 1 hour 30 minutes examination for each of the units.
Advanced Level Assessment Units
Assessment in June: 1 hour 30 minutes examination for each of the units.