Mathematics

WHY STUDY MATHEMATICS?

GCSE Mathematics covers many of the basic skills you will require throughout your life. Consequently it is a compulsory subject for all students in Years 10 and 11.  You will employ many of the skills learnt in GCSE Mathematics in the other subjects that you study, for example in Science you may be asked to use formulae and solve equations, in Geography you will need to read charts and diagrams and use statistics and in Design & Technology you will need to use measures and make scale drawings.  Most College and Sixth Form courses require GCSE Maths as an entry requirement, as do many jobs and careers.

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

GCSE Mathematics covers a wide range of basic Mathematical knowledge and skills, grouped into six areas:

· Number
· Algebra
· Ratio and Proportion
· Geometry
· Probability
· Statistics

While studying Mathematics you will be expected to:

· use Mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems
· use logic and reason to solve problems
· break down problems into small steps in order to solve them
· use the Mathematics that you learn to solve problems that might happen in real life
· learn how to use a calculator to solve problems quickly and effectively

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

You will be assessed via three written examinations which include one non calculator and two    calculator papers.

WHAT COULD I DO NEXT WITH MATHEMATICS?

GCSE Mathematics is an important foundation for many of the courses you may take in employment or further education, and a requirement for many University courses.  If you get a good grade at GCSE you may even decide to take Mathematics A level.

Some students may also be entered for GCSE Statistics.

For further details of this course, talk to Mrs Woodley or your Mathematics teacher.