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Pupils are enthusiastic and confident learners, who engage very well in class and clearly enjoy their learning.

ISI 2013

Maths

Approximately half of the Lower Sixth study Mathematics at Plymouth College. It is a subject highly valued by employers and universities and the department has a track record of consistent success.

Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and to make the most of a supportive and committed group of teachers. The step up from GCSE Level is significant so students must, at an early stage, appreciate the need to work hard and to ensure that any problems are addressed.

The new Mathematics A Level will be starting nationwide from September 2017. We anticipate that three sets of pupils will be studying the subject with another group doing Further Mathematics. All exams will be sat at the end of the Upper Sixth. 

All pupils will experience Mechanics and Statistics alongside Pure Maths, while the Further Mathematicians may also learn about Decision Mathematics and Numerical Methods. All exam boards are going through the process of having their new qualifications approved so we are yet to make a choice for September 2017.

Our current A Level exam board is MEI and is affiliated to OCR. Those with a sound work ethic should expect good results, with approximately 60% achieving A* to B in recent years and virtually all attaining a pass grade. Some pupils have studied extra modules independently and STEP is an option for the very able.

An A Level mathematician currently has eight, forty minute lessons per week shared equally between two teachers and should expect to produce at least 3 hours of homework per week.

Pupils are enthusiastic and confident learners, who engage very well in class and clearly enjoy their learning.

ISI 2013
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