We want to thank everyone for their help and support yesterday in what was a difficult day for many staff and students due to rapidly changing weather conditions. Some lessons had to be cancelled in the late afternoon as a couple of local schools closed forcing teachers to go and collect their children. Attendance marks will obviously be adjusted accordingly. We endeavoured to keep staff and students informed and encouraged them to take whatever action they needed to in order to stay safe and to get home. Let’s hope that the heavy rain stays away for some time to avoid any further disruption in the run up to an important examination period. Thank you again for your co-operation and understanding.

Peter Cooper

Principal
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Mathematics for Life

This is an exciting new course that complements and supports core subject choices as well providing life and employability skills. It allows you to continue to study Mathematics at Level 3 without having to commit completely to an entire A Level.  It counts as the same number of UCAS points as an AS Level and is widely accepted by universities and future employers.

The focus is on applied mathematics - there is no algebra or trigonometry. Topics include:

  • Financial Mathematics
  • Modelling
  • Probabilities
  • Collecting and Analysing Data
  • Finding Patterns in Data

An example question might be 'Work out the income tax, national insurance and student loan repayments for someone earning £52,000'.

The course lasts one academic year and is taught over two hours per week. There are two external examinations in the summer, both 90 minutes long. Both examinations have preliminary material that is released in March where real-life examples of data and information are given to students that are then used as the basis of questions in the examination.