It may be unlikely that you will need to calculate pi or solve trigonometry equations as a chef, but learning basic mathematical skills at GCSE level helps to build up essential skills that are used on a daily basis. Skills such as problem solving, analysing data, communications, logical thinking and attention to detail. Simple mathematical skills are used every day in the form of shopping, baking, journey planning and driving.
If you want to change career and get into teaching, nursing and many other things, mathematics will be on the list of essential qualifications that the admissions team will want to see. This is to gauge your suitability for higher study and in many cases, because mathematics will factor into the course in some way. It is an essential for most universities.
Units of study
The majority of our pupils will study for the Higher Tier mathematics papers although a few may sit the Foundation Tier. Domains of study include Number, Ratio - Proportion and Rates of Change, Algebra, Statistics and Probability, Geometry and Measures.
The subject is examined through three equally-weighted written papers of 1 hour and 3 minutes each with Paper 1 being a non-calculator paper.