Maths KS4

The aim of all Maths learning and teaching at The Nightingale Centre is to ensure that all of the students we teach are able to gain the highest level of qualification that they can during their time with us.

In the first instance students will follow the scheme of work and examination board followed by their mainstream school. Other circumstances might mean that students follow our scheme of work.

It therefore becomes very important to find the level of functioning of every student so that an appropriate, interesting and challenging curriculum can be put into place. This may mean providing work at Level 1 of the National Curriculum, right through to Grade 9 on the GCSE Higher Maths Paper.

Courses Offered and Examinations Taken

In the first instance students will follow the scheme of work and examinations with their mainstream school.

Other students under particular circumstances will follow our own scheme of work and examinations according to their needs.

We understand that Key Stage 4 is an important time in mathematics.  We liaise with student's mainstream schools to provide suitable support for their GCSE courses. Students who have missed a significant amount of time or who are unable to access their mainstream curriculum will follow The Nightingale Centre’s own provision. We deliver the following courses:


The Key Stage 4 programme of study builds on what has been learnt in Key Stage 3. It is assumed that all of the topics learnt during Years 7, 8 and 9 will have been studied to a reasonable level, levels 4-6, and these will be built on in Years 10 and 11. At the higher grade levels of C, B, A and A* new topics will need to be learnt and many of the KS3 areas of study will have more depth of understanding built in to the work.

Some of these higher level topics include harder Area and Volume including Total Surface Area, Ratio and Proportion, Inequalities, Quadratic and Simultaneous Equations, Standard Form, Trigonometry, Circle Theory, Algebraic Fractions, and Vectors.

Examination Courses and Levels of Entry

In Mathematics we provide courses that run from the most accessible entry level, Entry Level 1, to the highest level course we offer, which is GCSE Higher with the Edexcel exam board.

These are the courses on offer from the most accessible to the hardest;

  • Entry Level 1 Numeracy

  • Entry Level 2 Numeracy

  • Entry Level 3  Numeracy

  • Level 1 Functional Skills

  • Level 2 Functional

  • Full GCSE Foundation course in Mathematics

  • Full GCSE Higher course in Mathematics

By providing a range of courses at different levels, we are ensuring that not only does every student have the opportunity to take and pass a Maths course, but that they can also carry on achieving higher qualifications given time and effective teaching.





**Courses will be decided on an individual basis according to a student’s needs.

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