Curriculum - Mathematics


What course do we follow?

Pupils follow the linear course, which will be tested at the end of Year 11. Pupils will be entered for either Foundation or Higher tier.

What will I learn?

All courses cover material from the National Curriculum at a level appropriate to the ability of the pupils. The content has ben ground into the following topic areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio and Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Geometry and Measure
  • Probability
  • Statistics
How will I be assessed?

Year 11 Examination

Paper 1 – Non-calculator  (33.3% ) written examination
Paper 2 – Calculator         (33.3%) written examination
Paper 3 – Calculator.        (33.3%) written examination
Any part of the specification can be tested on any paper.

What resources are used?

Pupils will be provided with their own GCSE textbook. To help with revision, there will be many resources available on the VLE which include past papers, exam board mark schemes, worked solutions and revision schedules. Mathswatch / MyMaths is also available on our VLE which is a resource covering all topics with audio/visual lessons and providing exam question practice.

How will this subject help me in the future?

We study Mathematics in order to gain a qualification, which is very important for future employment and entry to further or higher education. In order to follow many post 16 courses, a minimum level of Mathematics attainment is required. Mathematics at GCSE is required in almost all jobs, but, for the following careers, it is essential: doctor, chemist, teacher, (of any subject), pilot, engineer, games programmer and architect.


GCE A Level

Sacred Heart is a specialist College for Mathematics and Computing. There is a well equipped specialist Mathematics block.

The subject content for A Level Mathematics is set out by the DfE and is common  across all exam boards and schools/colleges. The content listed below covers the complete A level Mathematics course. Students must use Mathematical modelling, problem solving, argument, language and proof across the content listed below.

Year 12/13

  • Pure Maths
  • Algebraic manipulation, Quadratic
  • equations and Simultaneous equations
  • Linear/Quadratic graphs and Inequalities
  • Straight lines and circles
  • Binomial Expansion
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Trigonometry
  • Vectors
  • Proof
  • Exponentials and Logarithms
  • Parametric equations
  • Binomial Theorem, Sequences and Series
  • Circular Measure
  • Functions and Transformations
  • Numerical Methods
  • Partial Fractions
  • Differential Equations

Applied  Maths

  • Statistics
  • Statistical Sampling
  • Data Presentation and Interpretation
  • Probability and Statistical Distributions
  • Statistical Hypothesis Testing
  • Statistical Distributions
  • Analysis of Data using Statistical
  • Packages
  • Further Probability
  • Mechanics
  • Kinematics in One Dimension
  • Forces and Newton’s Laws
  • Kinematics in Two Dimensions
  • Equilibrium and Resolving
  • Statics and Dynamics
  • Moments

Students need to have achieved at least a grade 6-9 at GCSE Mathematics to take A Level Mathematics.The marks for the course are earned by sitting 3 linear exams of 2 hours duration at the end of Year 13. Each examination has an equal weighting  of 100 marks. Paper 1 is 100% Pure Maths, Paper 2 is 50% Pure and 50% Mechanics and Paper 3 is 50% Pure and 50% Statistics. Calculators can be used on all 3 papers.

A Level Mathematics is an ideal qualification for entry to higher education in many fields of study, including: Mathematics itself, all Science, Medicine and Veterinary