Mathematics at Bishop Justus Church of England School
GCE Mathematics comprises four areas of study. Pure Mathematics - the study of number, algebra, shape, trigonometry and calculus. Mechanics - the study of mathematical modelling in mechanics, vectors, kinematics, dynamics and statics. Statistics - the study of probability and handling data. Decision Mathematics - the study of mathematical algorithms on graphs, route inspection problems, critical path analysis, linear programming and matchings. At AS level students will study two compulsory units in Pure Mathematics, Core 1 and Core 2, and Statistics 1 the first applied unit. To achieve the full GCE in Mathematics, students complete a total of six units. A further two compulsory units Core 3 and Core 4 and another optional unit from Mechanics 1, Statistics 1, Decision Mathematics 1, Mechanics 2, Statistics 2, and Decision Mathematics 2 are taken. The plan is to teach Mechanics 1 to Year 13 students, however we are able to offer alternatives where University courses dictate a different mathematical focus. Throughout the course students will be expected to build upon their knowledge and understanding of the subject at GCSE. They will be encouraged to think logically, solve problems, model real life situations and work independently.
Students will need to achieve a B grade or above in GCSE Mathematics.
Each unit of work will be assessed by a written examination paper of 1 hours. The papers are equally weighted and contain between 7 and 10 questions. The first unit in Pure Mathematics, Core 1, must be completed without the use of a calculator. A calculator may be used in all other units. Formulae are provided.
A GCE in mathematics will have taught you to think logically, to process information accurately, and to understand and manipulate numbers and mathematical processes. These are all skills which will benefit you greatly in whatever profession you choose and which employers are looking for in prospective employees. You will probably find that degrees in mathematics, statistics, physics, astronomy, engineering, computer science and possibly economics all require GCE mathematics. However, many other subjects, including medicine, architecture and the laboratory and social sciences, do have a certain amount of mathematical content - and these subjects will be much easier for those with a GCE in mathematics. The employment prospects for graduates with mathematics degrees could not be better. Statistics suggest that while the supply of mathematicians in the UK has been static over the last few years, the demand for them increases by 4% a year. Obviously, this is partly due to the unstoppable progress of technology, which requires mathematics and science for development and research. But there is another cause: in our modern world, companies and government increasingly base their strategies on statistical data and hard scientific facts which indicate the best way forward. Mathematics is the key to finding and designing the experiments and surveys that generate the data and to turn the results into information and knowledge. Many graduates will apply their numerical and logical skills to accountancy, the actuarial profession, or other technical areas of the business or financial sector. Once the AS Level has been completed, you could continue with the course to gain the A2 in Advanced GCE in Mathematics.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Justus Church of England School directly.