Mathematics

Key Stage 5 Years 12/13

In year 12, pupils are entered for AS level Mathematics with the WJEC board – awarded at grades A to E. For single Mathematics, the specification is divided into 6 units, 3 of which are studied in year 12.

 

The units covered are:

 

C1 and C2 (Core mathematics - these are compulsory modules)

S1 (Statistics) or M1 (Mechanics)

 

The optional module studied depends on the other ‘A’ level options of the pupils and/or staff availability.

 

Assessment is by way of 3 written papers, each lasting 1½ hours, taken in May or June of that academic year.

 

Pupils need to have access to a scientific calculator and are provided with a Formula booklet and Statistical tables (for S1). Throughout the course they are given past papers to complete, along with the marking schemes, so that they are aware of where the marks are being allocated and what working needs to be included in their answers for them to access the highest possible mark.
 

 

Key Stage 5 Year 13

Pupils continuing to A level in year 13 study the other 3 modules required for the course. Grades available at this level are A* to E.

The units for year 13 are:

 

C3 and C4 (Core mathematics – these are compulsory modules)

S1 or M1 (depending on which module was completed in year 12)

 

If the demand exists and pupils have covered the M1 unit in year 12, it is possible for the pupils to follow the M2 course in year 13 instead of studying the S1 module.

 

Assessment is again by way of 3 written papers, each lasting 1½ hours, taken in May or June of that academic year. However, there is also the opportunity for pupils to re-sit one or more of the year 12 modules in order to improve their marks.

 

Pupils need to have access to a scientific calculator and are provided with a Formula booklet and Statistical tables (for S1). Throughout the course they are given past papers to complete, along with the marking schemes, so that they are aware of where the marks are being allocated and what working needs to be included in their answers for them to access the highest possible mark.