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

ISI 2013

Maths

Mathematics is one of the most popular subjects 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 started nationwide in September 2017. Three sets of pupils in each year group study 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 learn about the above in greater depth and breadth. The syllabus is now more similar in all exam boards and we decided to follow the Edexcel course.

Based on our success with the previous A Level, 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 studied extra modules independently on the old scheme 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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