Key Stage 4 Pathways


We believe that Mathematics should be an interesting, positive experience that enthuses and equips students to be mathematically functional. We aim to do this by making Maths lessons interesting, varied and enjoyable whilst also preparing our students to be successful.

The course is split into two tiers, Higher and Foundation, with the grades available ranging from 1-5 on the Foundation Tier and 4-9 on the Higher Tier. Students are set in groups based on ability and there is scope for movement between the sets throughout Key Stage 4. There is also the opportunity for some students to gain qualifications in Mathematical Functional Skills at Entry Level to help build confidence in Maths and allow them to then access the full GCSE course.


Year 9 

Year 10 

Year 11

Development of skills from KS3 with a key focus on a specific target grade for the year.

Students begin to study a two-year scheme of work that allows them to develop from their Year 9 target and work towards an exam target grade.

Students continue to study the two-year scheme of work and then progress to key revision skills and exam preparation.


What will I learn?

This course will enable you to:

  • Develop further the skills and knowledge you have acquired at Key Stage 3 in Number, Algebra, Shape and Handling Data.
  • Develop problem solving techniques necessary for progression to further learning and that are increasingly important in a wide variety of careers and in everyday life.
  • Focus on functional uses of Mathematics to encourage you to demonstrate your mathematical skills in a range of contexts, being able to apply and transfer skills in ways that are appropriate to different situations.
  • Enhance the quality of your mathematical written communication.

How will I be assessed?

This course follows the AQA GCSE linear specification with the assessment consisting of a non-calculator exam paper and two calculator exam papers to be sat at the end of Year 11.

What could my next steps be?

Whatever your career choices, Mathematics will be important to you. The conceptual understanding, problem solving and logical thinking skills it develops are considered by most employers to be vital to the success of their business. The Sixth Form also offers A-Level Mathematics here at Hall Park Academy for those students that wish to further develop their mathematical skills which regularly top employers’ wishlists.

Mr Cutts (Head of Maths) -