Mathematics
(Examination Board: Edexcel – Specification code 9MA0)

Do you want to work on big engineering projects, design aircraft or submarines, design video games or even go into teaching? A Level maths will give you an opportunity to study maths at a higher level. It will require deep thinking, problem solving and a rational approach to a new programme of study. Each section will test your skills to analyse information, and study new and varied topics. A Level extends your learning from GCSE and introduces new topics that differ completely from those previously studied.

The A Level mathematics course is highly regarded by universities and employers. It fits any combination of subjects and complements a wide range of other courses such as Business Studies, Geography, ICT and the Sciences.

Mathematics is a very popular A Level subject at Audenshaw. This course consists of a mixture of core mathematics, statistics and mechanics, which allows for a broad range of applied mathematics.

There is no coursework requirement for A Level mathematics, the subject is assessed wholly by examination.

Useful links below:

 

A2 Level

Core mathematics content: Applied mathematics content:

Content overview

● Topic 1 – Proof

● Topic 2 – Algebra and functions

● Topic 3 – Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane

● Topic 4 – Sequences and series

● Topic 5 – Trigonometry

● Topic 6 – Exponentials and logarithms

● Topic 7 – Differentiation

● Topic 8 – Integration

● Topic 9 – Numerical

Content overview

Section A: Statistics

● Topic 1 – Statistical sampling

● Topic 2 – Data presentation and interpretation

● Topic 3 – Probability

● Topic 4 – Statistical distributions

● Topic 5 – Statistical hypothesis testing

Section B: Mechanics

● Topic 6 – Quantities and units in mechanics

● Topic 7 – Kinematics

● Topic 9 – Forces and Newton’s laws

● Topic 9 – Moments

The course offers logical and clearly structured progression through mind-stretching exercises. The addition of problem solving activities at advanced levels means the work will be both challenging and highly enjoyable.

You will be introduced to new fields of study including calculus, mechanics and functions, while developing familiar areas such as algebra, probability and trigonometry.

This demanding course requires a good knowledge of higher level mathematics.

Career Options for Post 16 Maths Students - • Engineering • Banking /Finance • Web Design • Research • Quantity Surveyor • Teaching

These and many more career opportunities are available to you. Whatever you go into, maths A Level students will have new and varied skills that would be attractive to any employer.

Further Mathematics
(Examination Board: Edexcel – Specification code 9FM0)

 You should think of doing further mathematics if you enjoy mathematics and are very good at it, especially algebraic manipulation. It must be taken in conjunction with A Level mathematics – you cannot take further mathematics on its own. It will involve further additional study of advanced mathematics.

A2 Level

Core mathematics content: Applied mathematics content:

● Topic 1 – Proof

● Topic 2 – Complex numbers

● Topic 3 – Matrices

● Topic 4 – Further algebra and functions

● Topic 5 – Further calculus

● Topic 6 – Further vectors

● Topic 7 – Polar coordinates

● Topic 8 – Hyperbolic functions

● Topic 9 – Differential equations

**Students take one of the following four options:

A: Further Pure Mathematics 1

B: Further Statistics 1

C: Further Mechanics 1

D: Decision Mathematics 1

Alongside the core content one of the applied units above should be taken to gain an A Level in further maths.

In Further Pure Mathematics 1 students will be assessed on: Further trigonometry, Further calculus, Further differential equations, Coordinate systems, Further vectors, Further numerical methods and Inequalities.

In Further Statistics 1 students will be assessed on: Discrete probability distributions, Poisson and binomial distributions, Geometric and negative binomial distributions, Hypothesis testing, Central limit theorem, Chi squared tests, Probability generating functions and Quality of tests.

In Further Mechanics 1 students will be assessed on: Momentum and impulse, Work - energy and power, Elastic energy and Elastic collisions in one and two dimensions.

In Decision Mathematics 1 students will be assessed on: Algorithms and graph theory, Algorithms on graphs 1 and 2, Critical path analysis and Linear programming.

Further maths is traditionally taught in smaller teaching groups where you will have more one-to-one tuition. More and more students now opt to study further maths as there are many benefits in having two A levels in mathematics. The results to date have been excellent. It is highly recommended that you do maths and further maths at A Level if you intend to study mathematics at university or take a maths related degree such as engineering. A level further mathematics is an absolute essential minimum if you are thinking about applying to study mathematics at Oxbridge.

You do not have to be considering studying maths at degree level to do further maths A level. A love of maths and the desire for a rewarding challenge will suffice, along with a grade 8 or 9 at GCSE.

In the new calendar year, students in year 9 will receive information on the Guided Pathways Process. For the first time in their time at Audenshaw School, students will be given the opportunity to personalise part of their curriculum in line with their interests, abilities and aspirations.

They have already started their GCSEs in some subjects in Year 9, but Year 10 is when they follow the full GCSE Curriculum Pathway. 

Students will receive a lot of advice and guidance to help them make appropriate choices from a range of option subjects; these decisions will not only shape their time at Audenshaw School, but they will also help determine their future.  All students must follow a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science. Students must also continue to study PE as part of promoting an active, healthy lifestyle, as well as a programme of Lifeskills and Ethics to ensure spiritual, moral and cultural development. 

In addition, they will make four options choices which will complete their timetable.  

The Guided Pathways process will involve students being given all of the information about all the possible subjects (last year's Guided Pathways Booklet remains on the website until it is updated) for 2016/2017. Every student and their parents will be invited to an individual meeting with a member of the Senior Leadership Team to discuss and guide them on the best possible choices for success. 

There will be an information evening for parents prior to this to help them understand the process fully and to also explain about the new GCSE's and their new grading system.

Parents will be contacted in the New Year about the process in detail. 

www.sims-options.co.uk

KS3 Science

KS3 Science

Students in year 7 and 8 have 4 Science lessons per week and will study a range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics. Roughly 50% of the KS3 course should be practical investigation work. The scheme of work that we use is called Activate Science.

Year 7 Biology Topics

  • Cells
  • Structure and function of body systems
  • Reproduction

Year 7 Chemistry Topics

  • Particles and their behaviour
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Reactions
  • Acids and alkalis

Year 7 Physics Topics

  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Space

Year 8 Biology

  • Health and lifestyle
  • Ecosystems and processes
  • Adaptations and inheritance

Year 8 Chemistry Topics

  • The periodic table
  • Separation techniques
  • Metals and acids
  • The earth

Year 8 Physics Topics

  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Energy
  • Motion and pressure

Students will complete assessments at the end of each topic and these assessment grades will be used to inform their assessment point data. They will also sit an end of year exam, which will examine everything they have studied throughout that year.


Year 9 Science

Year 9 Science Year 9 students have 3 hours of science a week and receive one piece of homework. For the first term of year 9 we focus on key skills are concepts covered needed for KS4 with an emphasis on investigation skills. Following the completion of our skills unit our year 9 students begin their KS4 content.

At the end of year 9 students will be allowed to opt to take separate sciences or will take the compulsory combined.

In order to support your child in science you can purchase a revision guide. We recommend the CGP guides. These are available through parent pay. If you have already purchased a revision guide it can be used in year 7, 8 and 9.

Please encourage students to watch the news, read the science and technology pages of newspapers and to watch science based documentaries. Not only will this improve their interest in the subject but will allow them to apply the knowledge they learn in lessons to a real life situation.

You can also direct them to the websites listed below. These are key stage specific sites that will help your child with homework and revision.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv
http://www.planet-science.com/
http://www.docbrown.info/ks3intsciquiz
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/online_science/games

 

KS5 Spanish

Sixth Form (KS5) Spanish

(Examination Board: AQA)

Learning a language at A Level is invaluable whatever your future career plans are. At university you can continue with your language alongside another subject (accounting, law, medicine, engineering…) and then spend one of your university years abroad on an Erasmus exchange – or even study South America. If you enjoy learning languages and you can successfully learn vocabulary and basic grammar, you should definitely consider pursuing a language at A Level. Students must have studied Spanish at GCSE and are usually expected to have achieved a grade ‘B’ or better.

 

The work is varied and interesting and will introduce you to a wide range of topics, while at the same time developing your language skills to a very high level. Spanish examines such topics as family and relationships, education, jobs and careers, the mass media, pollution, conservation, immigration, multiculturalism, health issues, transport, racism, the future of Europe and Science and Technology. You will use technology extensively to help with your language learning. You will read and understand articles and works of Spanish Literature, listen to radio broadcasts and discuss these topics with confidence, all in Spanish.

Teaching materials are mainly taken from current articles and television and radio broadcasts. You will also have a regular timetable slot with a Spanish assistant in order to concentrate specifically on conversation. With small group sizes, students find they quickly make progress. An opportunity for an exchange visit will be arranged during the course of the two years.

 

A qualification in a modern language carries particular prestige and proof of ability. Possible careers include teaching, bilingual secretary work, EU business and banking, translation and interpreting, conference organising and tourism management.

Languages at A-Level are taught as a two-year A-Level course. Topics covered are:

Modern & traditional values in the Spanish-speaking world

- Changing families

- Attitudes towards marriage/divorce

- The influence of the Catholic Church

Cyberspace

- The influence of the internet

- Social Networks: benefits and dangers

- Smartphones in our society

Equal rights

- Women in the world of work

- Sexism and feminism

- Gay and transgender person rights

Immigration

- Negative and positive aspects

- Immigration in the Hispanic world

- Problems with illegal immigrants

Racism

- Racist and xenophobic attitudes

- Measures against racism

- Anti-racism legislation

Integration & multicultural society

- Education

- Reglion

- The conviviality of cultures

 

Modern day idols

- Singers and musicians

- Stars of TV and film

- Models

Spanish regional identity

- Traditions and customs

- Gastronomy

- Languages

Cultural heritage

- Tourist sites of pre-Hispanic civilisations: Machu Picchu, la Alhambra, etc

- Art and architecture

- Musical heritage and diversity

Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens

- Youth attitudes towards politics: activism or apathy

- Youth unemployment

- Youth ideals of society

Monarchies and dictatorships

- The Franco dictatorship

- The evolution of the Spanish monarchy

- Latin-American dictatorships

Popular movements

- The effectiveness of protests and strikes

- The power of trade unions

- Examples of social protest

In addition to this a novel and a film are studied.

 

KS4 Science Combined

Combined Science

We currently follow the AQA Trilogy specification for our combined science classes which was developed to “inspire and challenge students of all abilities and aspirations.”

Trilogy has been designed to be interesting and relevant to all students and to ensure that the biology, chemistry and physics content is presented clearly, in a logical teaching order with clear opportunities for skills development throughout KS4. In addition to this, the combined science route provides opportunity for progression to A-levels in science or other subjects.

At the end of year 11 students will sit six exam papers in total: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the 75-minute-long exam papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas and required practicals with a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions. They will be awarded two GCSES from grades 9-9, 9-8 to 2-1, 1-1.

The topics covered are as follows:

Biology Paper 1: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper 2: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Physics Paper 1: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Physics Paper 2: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

Chemistry Paper 1: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper 2: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Key Stage 4 - How parents/carers can support their child

There are a number of ways that you can support your child though their GCSE Science course, including:

- Encouraging them to use BBC Bitesize and GCSEPod for regular revision of topics.  Your child should be revising thoroughly for every end of topic test and final exam.

- Purchasing a revision guide – we recommend the CGP series of books as they cover all of the necessary content in a student friendly way.

- Check that they are completing all homework on time and check their exercise book on a regular basis; have they completed homework?  Have they completed all of their corrections?  Are they receiving praise for excellent work? 

- Contact the Science teacher if there is anything you are concerned about, or require further guidance. 

Useful Websites

www.bbcbitesize.co.uk/gcse

www.o2learn.co.uk

www.s-cool.co.uk

www.chemguide.co.uk

www.my-gcsescience.com

www.docbrown.info/

www.my-gcse.com

www.youtube.com/user/PlanetScienceUK/videos?view=1

www.khanacademy.org


External links are carefully selected, however Audenshaw School is not responsible for the content of external websites.
 


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