Students at The Connected Hub study the Edexcel GCSE.  We offer both the foundation tier and the higher tier. The GCSE exam is made up of 3 papers, one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers.

Students study aspects of Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Statistics, Probability, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change.

Students also have the opportunity to gain Functional Skills qualifications in Mathematics at Level 1 and Level 2.

Students develop and use connections between mathematical ideas as they learn new mathematical concepts and procedures. They also build connections between mathematics and other disciplines by applying mathematics to real‐world situations. By engaging in these processes, students learn mathematics by doing mathematics.

Studying mathematics develops many skills including:

  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • analytical thinking
  • quantitative reasoning
  • communication
  • time management
  • teamwork
  • independence

Some of the occupations and career paths studying Mathematics can lead to include:

Accountant, Air traffic control, astronomy, banking, civil engineering, computer programmer, debt support work, economics, engineering, insurance, investment manager, lawyer, government research and laboratories, theoretical mathematician, market researcher, mathematician, numerical analyst, operational research, optometry, payroll management, quantity surveying, statistician, stockbroking, teaching, systems analyst, space/aircraft industry.

Some students will be given the opportunity to develop their mathematical skills in relation to the theme of the week within The Connected Hub. While this will not always be possible, the approach will wherever possible be to make the learning relevant to everyday life, providing them with the confidence to step out into the world and solve problems in various contexts. These students will grow their confidence first through achieving the Entry Level Certificate before being entered for the Functional Skills exams. They will then tackle the GCSE in the summer along with everyone else, confident of their ability.