St. Joseph's Catholic College




St. Joseph's Catholic College teaches Maths to all students from Year 7 to Year 11, as well as providing A-levels in Maths and Further Maths and Level 2 courses.

The primary aim of the Maths department is to develop the mathematical knowledge, skills, concepts and strategies of every pupil to the maximum possible level, including providing the pupils with the mathematics they need for every day life and for other school subjects, and to provide where appropriate, a foundation for further study. Pupils will be made aware of methods of investigation and given an insight into the development of mathematics and the power of mathematics as a language. This is an essential development in the analysis and communication of information and ideas.

More generally, the department aims to contribute to the development of the pupils' personal qualities of curiosity, cooperation, self-expression, self-evaluation and aesthetic appreciation. Pupils should be able to work independently and cooperatively, and to experience the enjoyment and satisfaction which results from achieving success in mathematics.

The College follows the National Curriculum, which splits KS3 and KS4 Maths into Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics.

Course Outlines

Years 7 to 9
Maths is taught as part of a spiralling curriculum, where students will revisit and extend topics throughout the year. They study a variety of modules covering, number, algebra, shape, space & measures and data handling. All students will be taught through a variety of learning styles within these various modules, supporting the use of mental and written methods of calculation. Using and applying mathematics will form part of each unit and students will be encouraged to also learn how to use a calculator and ICT appropriately. Students will be set across four tutor groups. Regular assessments of pupil's progress will take place and allow for easy movement between sets.

Years 10 and 11
GCSE Maths has been revised for first teaching in September 2010 with first certification in June 2012. This provides exciting opportunities to not only study traditional mathematical topics like number, algebra, geometry and statistics, but also how to use these in everyday life.

GCSE Mathematics – what's in it for me?
This brand new Maths GCSE gives you great opportunities, not only to study traditional mathematical topics like number, algebra, geometry and statistics, but also how to use these in your everyday life.The qualification has also been designed to develop the broader mathematical skills of problem solving, reasoning and generalising.

You'll study and develop your knowledge of:

  • Solving complex calculations by breaking down a problem into simpler steps
  • Applying mathematical knowledge and understanding to solve everyday problems
  • Thinking and communicating mathematically – precisely, logically and creatively
  • Using ratio and proportion, fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Using different formulae and expressions, setting up and solving equations and working with graphs
  • Interpreting scales and maps, working with shapes, finding areas and volumes, using trigonometry to solve problems and vectors
  • Analysing data and graphs, correlation, calculating and interpreting different statistical measures and the study of chance
  • Using spreadsheets and databases to present your work.

How could it help with my future?
Your Maths GCSE is highly valuable in the workplace, opening up opportunities for many different career paths such as architecture, banking and finance, business consultancy, engineering, game design, health and medicine, IT and computer science, psychology, science, teaching and many more.

This Maths course also encourages the development of characteristics valued by employers, such as the ability to:

  • Speculate and make decisions
  • Work effectively with others
  • Explain and prove your ideas
  • Communicate clearly to all levels of business personnel
  • Interpret, reflect on, and solve problems and issues

 How will my work be assessed?

The end of course assessment takes the form of two final exams; one calculator paper and one non-calculator paper.  At Foundation level these are 1 hour 30 minute papers and at Higher level these are 1 hour 45 minute papers.  Those taking the Higher paper get grades from A* to G and those taking Foundation get C to G.