Mathematics is compulsory at GCSE. There is no aspect of life or a worthwhile job that doesn‘t involve Maths in some form or other. GCSE is the current measure of a pupil‘s mathematical ability and will be examined at two levels:
Basic Maths involving mostly number work, with some simple algebra and geometry. A grade 5 is available at this level.
For those who enjoy the challenge of applying Maths to solve more complex problems and who, by and large, intend to study Science or Maths beyond GCSE. At this level a 9 is the highest grade.
At Hull Collegiate School, we enter the lower groups for the Foundation GCSE at the end of Year 10. This (hopefully) allows pupils to get a grade 5 under their belt before embarking on the Higher course in Year 11 in which they can attain a higher grade. Every pupil is capable of a grade 5 in Maths if they are prepared to work hard, follow the teacher’s lead and seek assistance when unsure. This is available during lessons or at break or lunchtime when we offer individual help to those who feel that they need it, no appointment necessary.
Those pupils who we don’t feel are being stretched enough, even at Higher level, will be encouraged to go beyond GCSE. They will take the GCSE at the end of Year 10 and then study the GCSE Further Maths in Year 11, helping them to bridge the gap should they want to go on and take A Level Maths.
We will be working through the Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics A syllabus.
Both the Foundation and Higher level pupils will have the appropriate text and the corresponding practice book for homework. These are large volumes, which cover the whole syllabus and consequently take two years to work through properly.
The final assessment is based on two equally weighted examinations at the end of Year 11, both of which allow the use of a calculator.
Those studying Maths at Higher level will be encouraged to consider Maths (and Further Maths) at AS level. An 8 or a 9 would be ideal but a grade 7 has, in the past, led to A Level success, although the work ethic has to match the determination to succeed.
It will be expected that every pupil is properly equipped for lessons, the essentials being a pen (preferably not fountain), pencil, ruler, calculator, protractor and a pair of compasses.