Mathematics

Mathematics

Developing your understanding of mathematics could open up a world of opportunities when it comes to choosing your future career. Mathematics controls many aspects of the modern world from iPods to cash machines and telecommunications to production processes in engineering, stock control, investment strategies and jet engines. It is a highly sought after qualification by universities and employers alike and a fully rewarding subject.

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Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form

You will build up your knowledge and skills in three key areas of Mathematics – pure, mechanics and statistics. You’ll develop your logical and analytical skills by learning to apply mathematical techniques in theoretical and real life situations.

A mixture of learning strategies will be used in your study of mathematics including problem solving activities, group work, independent work, use of ICT and flipped learning to allow you to maximise your potential.

3 x two-hour examinations at the end of the course.

To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least seven GCSE programmes including GCSE English, and GCSE Maths grade 6/B or above.

You must have an enthusiasm for the subject and enjoy problem solving. You must also have a willingness to think around a problem, to work carefully and methodically, and learn from your mistakes and to not give up easily.

A scientific calculator with features expected from the new A level is required. The Casio classwiz fx-991ex has been developed for the new A level and should cost approximately £25.

You need to be competent with all higher level GCSE Maths, especially algebra, graphs and trigonometry.

Mathematics opens the door to a wide range of further study and career options including engineering, science, business and industry.

Most students progress to a university course with about 50% taking a mathematics, engineering or science degree and the others taking a whole range of courses including Teaching, Nursing, Games Software Development, History, Music, Business and Psychology.

  • To enjoy the buzz from producing a correct solution to a complex mathematical problem.
  • Because Maths is everywhere. It is an essential tool in many walks of life and may be a vital part of your next stage of education and career.
  • If money matters – research has shown (using statistics of course) that those who gain A level Maths will achieve 10% higher earnings on average!

“Maths is the key to A level success. It provides the backbone for other subjects like Physics and Chemistry.”

“The Maths course has really good content and is taught really well. I would definitely recommend it to anyone mathematically- and logically-minded who is looking to learn something clever and widely useful.”

You can choose any combination of courses that you like, but we think this subject goes particularly well with Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Computing, and Psychology.

Students can enter the Senior Maths Challenge, a national competition, in November each year. From time to time there are visits to mathematics talks at local universities.