Mathematics

There is currently a shortage of employees with good mathematical skills and therefore many opportunities for those who achieve in this subject. All employers look for skills in problem solving, analysis, data handling and communication, to name just a few – all of which are transferable skills gained from this course.


Entry requirements

All students must have a Grade 7 or above in GCSE Maths. Due to the change in the specification it is also recommended that students have a minimum of a Grade B in GCSE Physics as well.


How the course is taught

There are five hours of directed teaching a week but all students are also expected to study independently.


What areas are covered by the course?

  • Pure Maths: Indices and surds, Coordinate geometry, Differentiation, Integration, Inequalities, Quadratics, Mathematical modelling, Proof, Graphs and transformations, Equations of a circle, Trigonometry, Sequences and series, Exponentials and logarithms, Functions, Numerical methods, Partial fractions, Parametrics, and Vectors
  • Statistics: Statistical sampling, Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Binomial and Normal distributions, Hypothesis testing
  • Mechanics: Quantities and units in SI system, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s Laws, Moments

 

How is the course assessed?

100% examination, with three 2-hour, calculator allowed exams taken at the end of Year 13


Career Opportunities

This list is just a sample of the organisations that employ graduates with mathematical skills. Accountancy, Aerospace and Defence, Automotive, Bio-Sciences, Business support services, Chemicals, Construction, Education, Engineering, Environment, Exploration, Geophysics, Medicine, Optometry, Physics, Veterinary Science.