Horsforth School Sixth Form Course Guide

Opportunity and achievement for all | Horsforth School Sixth Form 12 QUANTITATIVE REASONING A ‘ CORE MATHS ’ QUALIFICATION: OCR (MEI) specification H866 Curriculum Leader: Mr S. Jackson Leader of Progress (KS5): Mr J. Harrisson This qualification is designed to support post-16 learners with the mathematical and statistical needs of their further study of other subjects, as well as for employment and everyday life.The needs of learners preparing for a variety of technical and professional roles are met through learning about mathematical modelling, costing, risk and the use of spreadsheets. Financial problem solving is a part of the qualification; this is important for all learners, irrespective of their future ambitions.This qualification gives learners the mathematical skills to tackle problems in a variety of authentic situations. It enables learners to strengthen the mathematical knowledge and skills which they have learnt from the new Mathematics GCSE (9-1) course so that they can apply them to the problems which they will encounter in further study, life and employment. The use of technology – in particular, spreadsheets – is an integral part of the course. Using mathematics creatively to address authentic problems, communicating, thinking clearly and evaluating quantitative statements are features of this qualification. The ability to reason confidently using quantitative information and to check the accuracy of statements made by others is important for all future study and employment as well as for effective participation in everyday life. The content is split between two components: Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning (Year 12) and Critical Maths (Year 12/13). In Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning learners are taught to use a modelling cycle, a statistical problem solving cycle and a financial problem solving cycle.They are also taught to use spreadsheets to work on a variety of problems. In Critical Maths, learners work on a greater variety of problems – the emphasis is on them using and extending their understanding of mathematics, selecting appropriate ways of reasoning and developing a high level of fluency that will enable them to see the world around them through mathematical eyes. By the end of the course, learners should be asking “what does that mean?” and “does that sound about right?” whenever they encounter a quantitative situation or statement. Internal Assessment Each unit from the scheme of work is internally assessed by a short, timed assessment which is used to track progress. Students will also sit formal mock examinations. External Assessment (Year 13) • Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning: 72 marks, 2 hour written paper, 1/2 of the qualification. • Critical Maths: 60 marks, 2 hour written paper, 1/2 of the qualification. • Pre-release material will be made available to study in advance of the examinations. It will be relevant to some (but not all) of the questions in an examination paper. There is no coursework assessment. Additional Information • Quantitative Reasoning is a level 3 certificate equivalent to an AS Level. • Timetabling is 5 hours for fortnight over 2 years. • Both exams are in the summer of Year 13. Entry requirements Grade 5 or above in GCSE Mathematics. Please note – if you are studying A Level Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Economics, Physics, Psychology or Applied Science and not studying A Level Mathematics then we recommend taking Quantitative Reasoning as a 4th option.

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