Geography provides an important opportunity to develop mathematical, quantitative and statistical techniques
Sir Adrian Smith review of Post-16 Mathematics 2017
Geography students, at GCSE, A level and in their undergraduate studies, use a wide range of mathematical, statistical and data handling techniques to support their geographical studies.
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) recognises the value maths qualifications provide to geography students. This is particularly relevant in the Key Stage 5 phase given the range of demands placed on A Level geography students to collect, analyse, review and critically
assess data from different primary and secondary sources.
The Society has also been pleased to see the proportion of geography undergraduates with A Level Mathematics rise from around 15% in the early 2000s to ~20% in recent years.
The Geography and Core Maths project aims to:
build support for the approximately 80% of young geographers who do not study maths beyond the age of 16
raise awareness of how Core Maths can support geography students during their A Levels and transition to undergraduate studies
provide CPD online resources and other support for geography teachers
This project builds on and develops the Society’s Data Skills in Geography Project.
Charlie Stripp, Chief Executive of Mathematics in Education and Industry
First introduced in 2015, Core Maths has been designed for post- 16 students who achieved a level 4 in GCSE Mathematics and are not studying Mathematics A Level. It requires 180 hours of guided learning (the same as an AS) and provides a student with UCAS points, with an A grade in Core Maths providing 20 points.
There are a number of Core Maths specifications, all of which aim to:
deepen competence in the selection and use of mathematical methods and techniques
develop confidence in representing and analysing authentic situations mathematically and in applying mathematics to address related questions and issues
build skills in mathematical reasoning and communication
In addition, some universities now provide alternative entry offers which reduce one of the entry grades required by students who, in addition
to the course requirements, attain grade B or above in a Level 3 mathematics qualification.
Simon Holland CGeog, Head of Geography, Bilborough College
This project is funded by the DfE through the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP), which is a government-funded initiative, managed by MEI, providing national support for teachers and students in all state-funded schools and colleges in England. It aims to increase participation in AS/A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and Core Maths, and to improve the teaching of these qualifications.
Baroness Lynda Chalker, President Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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