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Mathematics

Introduction

You use maths every day. You use maths to work out how much money you have to buy the latest download, to tell your parents how long you will be out with your friends or to catch the bus to bring you to school or take you shopping. You did all of this and more today. Just think what GCSE Mathematics will be able to teach you to do tomorrow.

What will you do?

You will develop a deeper understanding of a variety of topics which come under the same categories as the work that you currently do in Key Stage 3:

  • Data Handling;
  • Shape Space and Measures;
  • Number and Algebra;
  • Using & Applying.

GCSE Mathematics focuses on maths in relation to real life. This means that there is emphasis on applying Mathematics in context, problem solving skills, reasoning and functional elements.

How will I be assessed?

GCSE Mathematics is taught in two tiers:

  1. Foundation for those aiming for grades 1 – 5;
  2. Higher for those aiming for grades 5 – 9*.

Your teacher will discuss with you which tier you will be working towards.

Assessment is 100% exam-based. Pupils sit three Maths exams at the end of Year 11. These exams are split into a non–calculator and two calculator papers covering number, algebra, ratio, geometry, and probability and statistics topics.

What skills will I learn?

Skills developed may include:

  • Analysing and interpreting data, finding patterns and drawing conclusions;
  • The ability to approach problems in an analytical and rigorous way and to formulate theories and apply them to solve problems;
  • The facility to deal with abstract concepts;
  • An ability to present mathematical arguments and conclusions from them with accuracy and clarity;
  • Clear, logical thinking;
  • Communication skills;
  • Time management;
  • Organisational skills and the ability to work methodically and accurately;
  • Team work skills and the ability to work independently.

Additional activities

You may have the opportunity to participate in:

  • Intermediate Maths Challenge;
  • Maths Inspiration, Sheffield.

How can Maths help me in the future?

There are various careers in mathematics. Here are some examples:

  • Engineer;
  • Games programmer;
  • Actuary;
  • Geophysicist;
  • Statistical analyst;
  • Maths Teacher
  • Lecturer of Statistics;
  • Research scientist;
  • Logistics;
  • Tax Lawyer.

GCSE Mathematics provides you with a suitable foundation for the continued study of mathematics at a more advanced level.

  • A Level Mathematics;
  • A Level Further Mathematics;
  • A Level Physics;
  • A Level Accounting;
  • A Level Economics.

How do I find out more?

Ask Mr. Sharpe for more information and guidance.

Email: j.sharpe@oakwood.ac

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