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This Edexcel Mathematics course (9-1 new specification began July 2017)  covers a vast range of topics focussing on 6 main areas; Numbers, Algebra, Ratio & Proportion, Geometry & Measure, Probability and Statistics. The papers come in two levels, higher and foundation, both with three equally weighted exams at the end of the 2 year linear course. The papers aim to challenge students with logical and mathematical problem solving skills in a range of contexts. In one exam paper a calculator is not allowed, encouraging students to work on their mental mathematical abilities and develop valuable transferable skills they can use across the curriculum and in later life.


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Maths is the building block which underpins modern life as we know it, it is behind cinematography, set design, computer programming, architecture, engineering, sport and so much more. There is a beauty in Maths, take Da Vinci’s golden ratio or the curve of a shell in the Fibonacci Sequence. Maths provides you with the opportunity to think logically, helps you develop excellent numeracy skills and the capability to process and interpret data, skills which are sought after in so many different areas. We don't learn Maths to solve complicated Maths probelms we never come across in daily life, we learn Maths to improve our capacity to make decisions when we encounter problems in real life.


key stage 4

Specification: Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (2015)

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Year/Course Code: Maths Edexcel 1MA1

The Edexcel Maths GCSE aims to provide pupils with the ability to develop mathematical understanding and reasoning while enabling them to apply problem solving skills to real life contexts, which is essential for everyday life.

We teach the course over 5 hours a week using a variety of different resources including a web-based interactive service (Mathswatch) and a utilise a variety of teaching methods to ensure students learning maximised.

Maths complements all courses on offer at Elstree University Technical College, such as drawing, designing and building sets in Production Arts, coding in Computer Science and supporting the high numeracy content in the new Science specification.

Course Units and Description (20 words min. for each unit)The course covers 5 main areas; Number, Algebra, Data Handling, Geometry, Ratio & Proportion. Within these areas we build on prior knowledge gained in KS3. We offer two different tiers of exam, Higher & Foundation. On the Foundation tier pupils can achieve up to a grade 5, whereas on the Higher tier pupils can achieve anywhere from a level 3 up to a level 9. For the more able students we do offer an additional GCSE in Further Maths which covers some of the content in the first year of A-Level Maths.


key stage 5

Pearson Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics (2017)

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Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics (9MA0)


With A Level Maths we aim to deepen pupils understanding of Mathematics and develop their Mathematical reasoning skills. We look at the proof of well known Mathematical concepts and encourage the logical and systematic solving of problems. Pupils receive 5 hours of contact time per week and are provided with text books & resources for their own independent study. A-Level Maths is highly prized by many further education institutions and provides a gateway into many varied career paths including accountancy, engineering and finance.

The two year course is assessed via 3 exams in year 13. A Level Maths comprises of 3 topic areas; Core Maths, Mechanics and Statistics. Core Maths builds on areas of Algebra, Trigonometry and Coordinate Geometry learnt at GCSE, Mechanics takes elements of Physics from KS4 and delves into the hows and why's forces and objects move. Whilst Statistics looks at the application & analysis of different data styles and how we can draw relevant and reliable conclusions from them.