Learning and undertaking activities in mathematics contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become: • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
The importance of mathematics
Mathematical thinking is important for all members of a modern society as a habit of mind for its use in the workplace, business and finance; and for personal decision-making. Mathematics is fundamental to national prosperity in providing tools for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics. It is essential in public decision-making and for participation in the knowledge economy. Mathematics equips pupils with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder for all pupils when they solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections. Pupils who are functional in mathematics and financially capable are able to think independently in applied and abstract ways, and can reason, solve problems and assess risk. Mathematics is a creative discipline. The language of mathematics is international. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics has developed over time as a means of solving problems and also for its own sake
Key Stage 4 Mathematics
What will I learn? You will develop your knowledge of Mathematics across number, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability. What qualifications will I get? GCSE Mathematics. How will I be assessed? There are two exam papers at the end of the course, with two tiers of entry – Higher (grades A*–D) and Foundation (grades C–G). How can I use this qualification in the future? Which courses can I do? You can do any Mathematics based course at college or later at university. Careers involving Mathematics are Computer Games Programming, Engineering, Research Scientist, Accountant, Financial Services and Administration, Business, Software Development, Actuary, Teacher and many more.
Mathematics – Statistics
What will I learn? Statistics is an extension of GCSE Mathematics where you will study further data collection, planning, processing, representing, analysing and interpreting. What qualifications will I get? GCSE Statistics. How will I be assessed? One exam and one controlled assessment. How can I use this qualification in the future? Which courses can I do? This course helps pupils with the Statistics part of A-level Mathematics, but also other subjects such as Geography, Accounting and Business Studies.