FSMQ Level 3 (pilot) Applying maths scheme of work
Before starting this AQA unit students must have completed or be following courses for two of the following units:
Algebra Data analysis Hypothesis testing Dynamics Decision mathematics Calculus Mathematical principles for personal finance
AQA requires candidates to produce two pieces of work in an AQA Coursework Portfolio. The portfolio requirements and information about its assessment are given on pages 38–40 of the AQA GCE Use of mathematics specification. Note that students will only achieve high marks if they show initiative in developing their own portfolio tasks. Although some suggestions for portfolio tasks are given below, it would be better if students used their own ideas as far as possible. For more information see the AQA website [1].
Suggestions for Portfolio tasks
Ideally the tasks used for portfolios should be relevant to learners' other studies or interests. They could be done alongside work for the other units or after that work is completed.
The following resources give suggestions based on three of the AQA pilot advanced FSMQs.
Coursework Portfolio tasks |
Mathematical applications – Dynamics |
Mathematical applications – Finances |
Mathematical applications – Hypothesis testing |
Note tht the activities and assignments listed below were written for the legacy FSMQs rather than for this pilot AQA unit. You may be able to adapt the ideas for use as portfolio tasks for Applying Mathematics, but it is essential that you make changes that will enable learners to work independently as far as possible.
Working with algebraic and graphical techniques activities/assignments (links to the pilot Algebra unit) |
Coughs and sneezes [2] (Note that teacher notes were written for 'Working with algebraic and graphical techniques' and will not be relevant for this unit.) |
Cup of coffee [3] (Teacher notes were written for 'Working with algebraic and graphical techniques' and will not be relevant for this unit.) |
SARS A and B [4] |
Sea defence wall [5] |
Smoke strata [6] |
Sunrise and sunset times [7] |
Tides [8] (Teacher notes were written for 'Working with algebraic and graphical techniques' and will not be relevant for this unit.) |
Water flow [9] |
Using and applying statistics activities/assignments (links to the pilot Data Analysis or Hypothesis Testing FSMQs) |
Anthropometric data [10] (Teacher notes were written for 'Using and applying statistics' and will not be relevant for this unit.) |
Mammals [11] |
Other data HE Applications (starter), Climate (skills activity), Health Data (skills activity), Module Results (skills activity), Subjects (skills activity), Election Results (skills activity) |
Using and applying decision mathematics activities/assignments (links to the pilot Decision Mathematics FSMQ) |
Sightseeing tour [12] (Teacher notes were written for 'Using and applying decision mathematics' and will not be relevant for this unit.) |
Modelling with calculus activities/assignments (links to the pilot Calculus FSMQ) |
Containers [13] (Teacher notes were written for Modelling with calculus and will not be relevant for this unit.) |
Maximising and minimising [14](previously 'Maximum volume, minimum material') |