Mathematics plays a central role in the lives of the majority of the students at Concord College. As well as being a fascinating subject it is also the language of science, computing and engineering. As such, it is an essential subject of study for a vast array of university courses. The department is impressively resourced, and the large and diverse teaching team of 22 staff is amply qualified, with many years of teaching experience. There is a clear enjoyment of the subject within the staff with many discussions about mathematical problems and sharing of ideas and resources.
The department offers a wide range of courses throughout the age range of the college. In the Lower School, we teach Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics to all students covering topics in number, algebra, geometry and statistics. The most able students also follow a course in Further Mathematics (AQA), which builds on and extends the IGCSE work. Edexcel GCSE Statistics is offered as an optional subject.
In the Upper School, nearly all students study Mathematics at A level either as a single course or, for those wanting to take two Mathematics A levels, we offer a ‘Maths and Further Maths’ combination. The A level courses include algebra, coordinate geometry, functions, calculus, statistics, probability and mechanics. The depth to which these are studied is determined by the choice between studying one or two A levels in Mathematics. Both courses follow the Edexcel syllabi. The results in all of these subjects are excellent with very large numbers of students achieving the highest grade and many going on to study mathematical subjects at top universities.