The Russell Group of universities has set out guidance about academic subject choices in it’s guide “Informed Choices“.
Not surprisingly, the prevailing wisdom is that maths carries a certain kudos.
A recent article in The Guardian considers this:
“A grade C in maths is pretty much essential at GCSE if you want to go to university, but the subject is also generally liked by admissions tutors at A-level. So it is well worth thinking about if you’re capable of getting a good grade.
“Certainly anyone who has ability in maths should consider it,” says Davies. “I see no problem with a combination such as English, history, maths.”
But be warned: there are many degrees where maths is essential, and if you don’t do some careful research, you might not realise it.
“Say you want to study computer science, so you take a computing at A-level. That’s fine, but you also must do maths at A-level to be considered,” Davies explains.”
Well done to everybody on their exam success!
I am proud of the progress made by every single one of my students who undertook GCSE and A level Maths exams this year.
Each student has worked hard, and consistently tried their best. This has been reflected in the results, and I am pleased to note that all of my students are able to continue on to their chosen academic routes – so well done!
Good luck to everyone waiting for GCSE results today!
There are concerns that Gove’s new plans for primary school, including learning the 12 times tables by age 9, put too much pressure on children and teachers.
See the original plan in the BBC News:
Compulsory maths lessons until 18 would be a miscalculation | Matt Parker
“About a quarter of secondary school maths classes are already taught by non-maths teachers: I fail to see how dramatically increasing the maths departments timetable beyond breaking point is going to help.”
“Britain continues to lag far behind other countries when it comes to maths education, even though the problems were identified more than a decade ago. In 2009, the UK came 28th in an international educational league table in maths based on the skills of 15-year-olds – well behind many European and east Asian countries.”
See the article in the Independent, here: