In this complex time of change, we currently have two different courses going through Key Stage 5.

Students in Year 13 will continue on the “old style” A Level. They have completed their AS exams and will be continuing on the same syllabus to work through the A2 modules.

Information on content can be found on the AQA website here.

Students in Year 12 will be starting the “new” A Level course, which is structured and assessed slightly differently to recent years.

Further information can be found on the AQA website here.

Resources for Revision and Practice

  • The main source of practice is the course textbook. For Year 12, this is the AQA A Level Maths textbook by Oxford University Press, which can be accessed via your Kerboodle account. For Year 13, this will be Heinemann: Advancing Maths for AQA textbook provided by school, which you should have a copy of. Use the worked examples and exercises to further your understanding from lessons.
  • Make use of the packs of exam questions on specific topics when you have completed a chapter. This will help to secure your understanding of the topics and make sure you know how to transfer it into an exam. These can be found in Useful Links. Keep in mind the changes to exam questions for Year 12.
  • To find past papers and mark schemes, use the AQA website (see Useful Links)
  • See Useful Links for a collection of websites that have further tutorials, resources and notes.
  • Lost your formula booklet? You can download a copy from AQA.
  • What does independent learning look like in Maths

Study Club

Key Stage 5 Maths study club is held every Wednesday 15:30 – 16:30, in A3.

Key Stage 5 study club is the perfect place for students to complete homework, review topics they have found difficult in lessons and access exam practice. The club runs on a drop-in basis, so students can attend as and when they require some extra support with their Mathematics. The club is supervised by a minimum of two different, qualified Mathematics teachers each week. Therefore, it is also the perfect opportunity for students to hear explanations from other Mathematics teachers in the department instead of just from their own teacher. This can often be helpful in understanding a topic they find difficult. Students are expected to bring their own work to the study club as it is not possible for us to provide specific tasks for each student who attends.


Resit information

Make sure you discuss your AS results with each of your Maths teachers carefully. If you decide to re-sit any module, then it is your responsibility to arrange this yourself.

Resit forms can be downloaded from our website: http://fallibroome.academy/sixth_form_page/current-students/

There will be two opportunities to complete and submit resit forms. In most circumstances students are expected to pay for their own resit. This year, these “resit windows” will be:

Window 1: Thu 16th Nov  – Fri Nov 24th 2017

Window 2: Thu 11th Jan – Fri 19th Jan 2018

As a department we provide as much support as possible for Year 13 students who decide to re-sit modules. This includes:

  • KS5 study club on Wednesday afternoons 3.30-4.30pm in A3.
  • Students can arrange with us to be added to a Yr12 class which matches their timetable and chosen module. This is on the agreement that they will act as though they are a student in this class (i.e turn up to every lesson, complete homework, PIF tests, etc). Please contact BAN if this is relevant to you.
  • Maths staff are generally happy to make themselves available informally in their classrooms at lunch times for students to come with questions. Please contact individuals in person or via email to make arrangements.
  • Students can borrow the relevant textbook again for the year.

Enrichment

We offer our students opportunities to work beyond the curriculum throughout the year. Students are invited to work through puzzles and challenges, often linked to Universities and businesses.

We invite our top set students to complete the UKMT Maths Challenges each year, with many of our students achieving certificates and some moving on to the next stage of competition.

We also enter a team into the UKMT Team Challenge competition, requiring selected students to work together to solve complex problems. This follows opportunities for students to experience the same style of competition with internal practice challenges between teaching groups.

We encourage students to attend University days to experience the subject in a different light.

Please also see the school’s Whole School Numeracy page to challenge yourself to puzzles outside of lessons.

Course Overview

All students currently studying A Level Mathematics follow an AQA specification.

Year 12 will follow the “new” specification [7357]

Year 13 will follow the “old” specification [6360]

 

Year 12

Relevant to this year’s Year 12 and future A Level students: This is a Linear course, which will assess all content at the end of each year. Students will be entered for AS exams in May/June of Yr 12. There will be two exams at the end of Year 12, each of 1hr30mins and with equal weighting to the overall grade. All students will be assessed on a range of Core material as well as some Mechanics and some Statistics content.

Those studying Further Maths will undertake two additional assessments of a similar structure, covering Further Pure material as well as some Further Applied content.

As these students progress into Year 13, they will continue to study the breadth of Core and Applied material but will be assessed in 3 exams at the end of the course, each of equal weighting towards their overall A Level grade.

 

Year 13

Relevant only to those in current Year 13: Mathematics A Level students study 3 modules in Year 12 (Pure Core 1, Pure Core 2 and either Mechanics 1 or Statistics 1) and a further 3 modules in Year 13 (Pure Core 3, Pure Core 4 and Decision 1).

Further Mathematics A Level students study 6 modules in Year 12 (Pure Core 1, Pure Core 2, Further Pure Core 1, Statistics 1, Mechanics 1 and Mechanics 2) and a further 6 modules in Year 13 (Pure Core 3, Pure Core 4, Further Pure Core 2, Further Pure Core 3, Mechanics 3 and Decision 1).

The specification can be found on the AQA website (www.aqa.org.uk).

 

All A Level Mathematics students in both Year 12 and 13 will have 2 different teachers.

All A Level Further Mathematics students in both Year 12 and 13 will have 4 different teachers.

Assessment

In Year 12 and Year 13, students are assessed once per half term, in line with the PIF assessment and reporting schedule. The assessments cover all of the topics that have been taught up to that point in the year. The most appropriate form of preparation for these assessments is to attempt the questions from past A Level exam papers, available here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes.

 

Home Learning Policy

Homework should be set once a week (as a minimum) by each of your maths teachers. Homework tasks vary. At A Level, the vast majority of these will be hand written, with further information being provided via Google Classroom.

Each homework task should require a minimum of 1 hour of work and a maximum of 1hr30mins of work. One of these tasks per fortnight will be considered a Key Assessed Task (KAT), which will be taken in by the teacher, followed by feedback and a focused opportunity to extend your understanding of the topic.

In addition to this, students are expected to complete independent study using questions from their textbook and past exam papers from the AQA website (www.aqa.org.uk), in order to consolidate the work they have covered in class. We would expect students to be completing a minimum of 2 hours of independent study each week.

 

Useful Links

 

 

Going beyond the specification