Mathematics is a beautiful subject. It provides students with powerful ways to describe, analyse, change and improve the world. Students can experience a sense of awe and wonder as they appreciate the power of mathematics and make links between different areas of mathematics and also the history of how Mathematics has developed.
Students at our school study mathematics so that they can become fully participating citizens in an ever changing society who are able to think mathematically, reason, solve problems and assess risk in a range of contexts. They will develop the skills to understand science, technology and engineering as well as everyday tasks essential for keeping safe and healthy and maintaining their own economic wellbeing. We aim for students to share our passion for mathematics and find the subject both enjoyable and fascinating in its own right.
Studying GCSE Mathematics
GCSE Mathematics provides a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It develops confidence and recognises the importance of mathematics in our own lives and within society. The course will provide a strong foundation for students who go on to study mathematics at a higher level post-16. It also enables students to:
1. Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
2. Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
3. Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
4. Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context
Students should be aware that mathematics can be used to develop models of real situations and that these models may be more or less effective depending on how the situation has been simplified and the assumptions that have been made. Students should also be able to recall, select and apply mathematical formulae.
GCSE Exam Specification Title
Edexcel GCSE Mathematics 1MA1
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Future education, training and/or career prospects
Studying mathematics gives you analytical and reasoning skills can be used in any career of your choice. For example if you choose to go into public health it helps, communicate difficult mathematical/statistical concepts and how to translate public health questions (e.g. "Does this service work?") into questions that can be answered well by data -- and translating the answers back out again.
There are many other areas you can use mathematics such as, designing games, architecture, engineering, accounting, carpentry, procurement, auditing, buyer, scientist, investment banking and many more.