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Mathematics

Mathematics is compulsory at Key Stage 4

All pupils will take Mathematics-Numeracy GCSE. Most pupils will also take Mathematics GCSE gaining 2 GCSE qualifications.
During this course you learn the following disciplines: Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measure, and Probability and Statistics.

During the course you will be given opportunities to:
● Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts;
● Acquire and use problem-solving strategies;
● Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, everyday and real-world situations;
● Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions;
● Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and
● context.

By the end of the course you will have developed your skills in :
● Numeracy
● Critical thinking
● Problem Solving
● Planning and Organisation

A Level Mathematics

At post-GCSE level the subject is presented in two parts: Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.

Pure Mathematics is partly concerned with the study of Mathematics as an academic discipline without particular regard to practical applications, and partly with developing the ability to reason clearly and logically and to approach and solve problems systematically. Branches of Mathematics such as Algebra, Trigonometry and Co-ordinate Geometry will be studied at a higher level than previously, whilst new areas of the subject, such as
Calculus, will be introduced.

Applied Mathematics as the name implies, involves using mathematical skills and techniques. There are two branches of Applied Maths available at AS and A2 Level.

Statistics is concerned with the collection, organisation, representation and interpretation of data. Historically,statistical theories were developed in the 17th century to study problems associated with games of chance. Nowadays statistical methods are widely used in fields as diverse as astronomy, economics, psychology, agriculture, genetics and business studies. A course involving Statistics would be particularly useful for students of Geography and Biology. Virtually all college courses involve an element of research requiring statistical analysis.

Mechanics is the study of the behaviour of systems under the action of forces. The course aims to develop the more
practical application of Mathematics and incorporates, wherever possible, real life problems; e.g. bungee jumping. The Mechanics course will be useful to those students studying physics at A-Level or who plan to study engineering at degree level.

For more information about this subject please view the prospectus here.

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