Mathematics

Key Stage 4

The course we study is Edexcel GCSE Mathematics A (1MA0)

Why study Mathematics?

Mathematics is the set of tools used to study and understand the world around us. The better your skills in the use of the tools, the more of the world you can analyse, understand and ultimately control. People like its challenge, its clarity, and the fact that you know when you are right. The solution of a problem has an excitement and a satisfaction. You should also be aware of the wide importance of Mathematics, and the way in which it is advancing at a spectacular rate. Mathematics is about pattern and structure; it is about logical analysis, deduction and calculation within these patterns and structures. When patterns are found, often in widely different areas of science and technology, the mathematics of these patterns can be used to explain and control natural happenings and situations. Mathematics has a pervasive influence on our everyday lives, and contributes to the wealth of the country.

Course Content

Entry for the examination is at two levels, namely Higher and Foundation. A candidate who fails to reach the minimum grade at his/her level of entry is unclassified and receives no award. For this reason, it is vital that each student is entered at the appropriate level according to ability. To help determine the appropriate level of study, examinations are conducted at the end of Year 10 and for many pupils early in Year 11, with final decisions on entry being made in Year 11 after ‘mock’ examinations. Each candidate will require their own scientific calculator and geometry equipment.

Assessment

Assessment is completely by examination in this subject.  Students are entered early for their GCSE Mathematics, where this is applicable.

Skills

You will acquire and use problem-solving strategies and learn to reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions.  You will learn to select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations.  You will interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Access to Further and Higher Education

Courses available include: AS level and A level Mathematics and Statistics. Mathematics is often a pre-requisite for engineering, accountancy, science and teaching courses and qualifications.

Career Opportunities

Mathematicians are wanted in a very large number of careers including accountancy, banking, insurance, retailing, management, quantity surveying, engineering, forensic science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and, of course, teaching.

Further information can be found online by visiting www.edexcel.co.uk