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Content of Course
The GCSE in Mathematics gives students the opportunity to develop the ability to acquire and use problem-solving strategies, select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations. It also allows you to be able to reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions and interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms.
Teaching of this Mathematics GCSE began in 2010 (first examination is in June 2012) and it still has its focus on number, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability but also allows you to apply the functional elements and problem solving strategies required to use mathematics in everyday life. Within the department there is a Co-ordinator of Mathematics and a member of staff in charge of each key stage.
The course has 2 examinations of 1 hour 45 minutes per paper (Higher tier – Grades A* to C) and 1 hour 30 minutes per paper (Foundation tier – Grades C to G). One paper is non-calculator, the other a calculator is allowed. There is no coursework or controlled assessment.
3 good reasons why a good grade in maths is so important:
A vast array of potential future careers will be opened up to you, for example:
Engineering, Physics, Computing, Accountancy, Economics, Business, Banking, Air traffic control, Retail management, Architecture, Surveying, Cartography, Psychology ... and many more.
Employers and universities see maths as a very desirable qualification due to the skills it employs, such as problem solving, logical thinking and statistical analysis.
Research shows that, on average, those people who are competent in the field of Mathematics will add 10% to their lifetime earning potential!