“Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics and teaching mathematics” - Poisson

Mathematics is the subject which drives all parts of the UTC.

Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly Science, Technology and Engineering. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in public decision-making.

Mathematics enables pupils to build a secure framework of reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence.  The power of mathematical reasoning lies in its use of precise and concise forms of language, symbolism and representation to reveal and explore general relationships.  These mathematical forms are widely used for modelling situations; a trend accelerated by computational technologies.

AIMS of the UTC Maths Department

  • To set challenging targets with high expectations for all pupils.
  • To offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate pupils and demand their active participation.
  • To smooth the transition for pupils between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at The Lincoln UTC.
  • To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance pupils’ enjoyment of Mathematics.

Ethos/Objectives

At the end of his/her mathematical education in this school, each pupil will be able:

  • To perform the mathematical skills needed in his/her chosen career or for entry to further mathematical education
  • To understand the Mathematics likely to be encountered in daily adult life
  • To reason clearly and logically, and to set out a rational argument
  • To identify patterns encountered in diverse situations and to extrapolate.
  • To approach problems systematically, choosing techniques for their solution.
  • To follow logical instructions clearly expressed
  • To experience satisfaction in and enjoyment of his/her mathematical achievements.
  • To obtain any formal mathematical qualifications needed for his/her chosen career
  • To obtain best possible results at KS4, AS/A Level & other Sixth Form courses.

What Careers Can I Use Maths in?

A spokesperson for the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications says:  “A-level maths is tremendously important. It provides a firm foundation for all scientific, technical, engineering and mathematical careers and a flying start for many other types of career, such as those in finance, medicine, agriculture … etc.  The list is endless! “

According to the Russell Group informed choices guide, Maths is a ‘facilitating’ subject, which means that it will help you to study lots of other subjects and pursue lots of different careers.

Maths helps supports the study of subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, IT, Economics, Business and Biology which can also help with your Maths revision.  But studying Maths alongside an essay subjects like English or History can help keep your options open for more jobs and university courses.

If you study Further Maths too at A-level, this can boost your marks in Maths and help prepare you to study a Maths course at university.

Maths A-level is a must have for degrees in: Physics, Engineering, Actuarial Science, Economics and, of course, Maths, although you may need to study a Further Maths course as well to do this.

Maths is recommended or sometimes required for: Computer Science, Accounting, Chemistry, Biology and Life Sciences, Medicine / Nursing, Dentistry, Business Studies, Management Studies, Finance, Architecture, Geology, Psychology, Surveying and even Philosophy.

Entry Requirements

After the first cohort of applications is received at the end of November 2015, the option blocks will be created and shared in this web page in January 2017.

 

Entry requirements:
GCSE Mathematics – Grade 6 or above
A total of at least 6 GCSEs – Grade C/5 or above
Passion for the subject and commitment to achieving the highest results
Commitment to work placements and collaborating with industry professionals

Course Details

UTC Mathematics in Key Stage 4

The department is committed to developing student’s ability by enabling them to improve their learning of mathematics and challenge themselves. We believe the below package critical to students learning:-
GCSE Maths

For all students this will mean sitting a two-year GCSE course with either of the following qualifications:-

Edexcel GCSE:-
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

OCR GCSE:-
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-mathematics-j560-from-2015/
GCSE Statistics

For a number of students (some in year 10 and others in year 11) this will include an extra qualification in AQA GCSE Statistics – a qualification we feel underpins students ability to rationalise and develop their mathematical skills in any vocation:-
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/statistics-4310
Level 3 Free Standing Maths Qualification

In addition to the above qualifications, those students that have the desire and ability, the UTC Maths department will extend their learning opportunities by delivering the Level 3 FSMQ course offered by OCR (OCR 6993) which will act as a significant advantage when moving to A-levels:-
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/free-standing-maths-qualification-fsmq-additional-mathematics-6993/

Other Activities

All students will be offered the chance to compete in the UKMT Individual and Team challenges in all years.

KS5 Mathematics and Further Mathematics

2017 will see the first teaching of the Governments new A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics Courses.  The Lincoln UTC is fully prepared and ready to deliver these qualifications in line with the new requirements. We believe it is important to offer a Year 12 AS sitting for this qualification – a factor we feel makes us unique but very much focussed on the mathematical needs and development of each individual student.

AS Maths. (5 lessons/week)
A stand-alone course that will offer a flexible approach to delivering the AS Mathematics by delivering material that best suits student’s needs. This course is intended for strong GCSE Maths candidates; at least a grade B.  Students completing this course will have the option of moving onto the A2 Mathematics course.

AS Further Maths. (5 lessons/week)
A stand-alone course consisting of topics from a wide range of new and challenging topics including matrices, complex numbers and statistics. You must be a very strong GCSE mathematician, at least a grade A, to be opting for this course AND you must also opt for AS Maths.  Students completing this course will have the option of moving onto the A2 Further Mathematics course.

Note that in Year 13 the department also offers a one year AS in Further Maths for those students that wish to benefit from the considerable advantage this will give you when applying to Universities. We will also offer timetabled lessons to support the entrance requirements to Oxford, Cambridge and The Russell Group Universities.

GCSE Maths resit.
For those students not achieving the Governments advised minimum grade in their GCSE Maths there will timetabled lessons each week with mathematics teachers. We aim for students to sit and pass this qualification in year 12 through both the November 2017 and Summer 2018 sittings.

All students will need a scientific calculator; the Casio FX-83GT Plus or Casio FX-85GT Plus are recommended and Further Maths students might like to consider purchasing a graphical calculator.

Assessments – examinations

These occur at the end of your two year course.

  • Two tiers: Foundation and Higher.
  • 3 equally-weighted papers at each tier.
  • Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.
  • Content for each tier will be assessed across all three papers.
  • Graded from 9 to 1 across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade.
  • Foundation tier: grades 1 to 5.
  • Higher tier: grades 4 to 9.

2015-16 Maths Results

Our headline figures are exceptional and you will be joining an exceptional department.

Our students did extremely well across all Maths and Further Maths subjects.  We would like to congratulate all our students. They have set the bar high and your challenge is to do your best too!

2015/16 GCSE Maths Results

Grades A*-A
UTC: 19.9%
National: 17.9%
Difference: +2% Better

Grades A*-C
UTC: 87.2%
National: 61.0%
Difference: +26.2% Better

3+ Levels of Progress: 88.3%
4+ Levels of Progress: 36.4%
5+ Levels of Progress: 7.8%

2015/16 A-Level Results

A*: 16.7%
A*-C: 83%
A*-D: 100%