The Mathematics Department delivers a range of qualifications to ensure that most pupils will leave Stony Dean with at least one qualification which is the Maths Entry Level Certificate.
Pupils will begin working towards specific qualifications in either Year 9 or Year 10. On average it takes between one and three years to complete an exam syllabus.
The qualifications we offer our pupils are AQA Entry Level Certificate Maths, Functional Maths Level 1, Functional Maths Level 2 and GCSE Mathematics.
AQA Entry Level Certificate Maths
Entry Level Certificates (ELCs) are a nationally recognised qualification that gives our pupils the opportunity to achieve a certificated award. This qualification provides basic and relevant numeracy skills and is suitable for pupils of all ages. The specification provides the foundation for all other qualifications that we offer at Stony Dean.
This ELC comprises of a portfolio that comprises of eight components that are made up external assignments (exams) or a mixture of external assignments and coursework completed in class.
The eight components are:
- Component 1: Properties of number
- Component 2: The four operations
- Component 3: Ratio
- Component 4: Money
- Component 5: The calendar and time
- Component 6: Measures
- Component 7: Geometry
- Component 8: Statistics
On completion of this qualification a pupil will receive one of the following grades:
Entry 3 is the highest grade that can be awarded for this qualification.
Please find attached below an example of Component 1: Properties of number (ELC Maths – Properties of Number).
AQA Functional Maths Level 1
This exam syllabus for this qualification provides our pupils with the mathematics which is most useful in everyday contexts and the world of work. It aims to:
- promote mathematical thinking and transferable skills that are needed in everyday life
- assess pupils via individual tasks (one per question) which have been broken into shorter question parts – so they are accessible but can still allow independent mathematical thought and the process skills to be demonstrated.
- promote mathematical thinking through tasks that our learners are likely to come across in everyday life.
The exam consists of one paper that is one hour and thirty minutes long. The exam is marked on a pass or fail basis.
Please find attached below a copy of a Functional Maths Level 1 exam paper (FML1 Question Paper and its accompanying data sheet (FML1 Data Sheet).
AQA Functional Maths Level 2
The exam syllabus for this qualification builds upon and extends the mathematical concepts covered in Functional Maths Level 1. It is based upon mathematics which is used and applied in everyday life.
Like the Functional Maths Level 1, the exam consists of one paper that is one hour and thirty minutes long. The exam is marked on a pass or fail basis.
Please find attached below a copy of a Functional Maths Level 2 exam paper (FML2 Question Paper) and its accompanying data sheet (FML2 Data Sheet).
AQA GCSE Mathematics
This qualification builds upon the maths covered in both Functional Maths Level 1 and Level 2. However, it demands a deeper understanding by our pupils of the mathematical concepts and skills covered in previous exam syllabuses and moves into more abstract and theoretical mathematics. The Mathematics GCSE is much more demanding of our pupils than any of the other qualifications we offer.
To obtain this qualification, pupils must sit three papers each last one hour and thirty minutes. One of the exam papers is non-calculator and for the other two papers a calculator may be used.
The GCSE Mathematics exam is taken by our pupils in the Sixth Form.