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You might be looking forward to dropping maths at the first available opportunity, but don’t be too hasty. Whether you plan to go on to work, A-levels (or equivalent), or other further studies, a good understanding of maths will be useful to you. Your number skills will come in handy in everyday situations, such as trying to work out whether you can afford those shoes you’re after. Learning to think like a mathematician will improve your problem-solving and decision-making skills.

The skills you are learning now are also important in many other subjects. Some you may have studied before, such as biology, and others you may not like sports science. Many of them require a C at GCSE (or equivalent) and will be much easier to study if you have a good grasp of the subject. Maths is good for combining with other subjects and goes particularly well with the physical and social sciences. A maths qualification is highly regarded for entry onto many further education courses.

It’s not just at university that the ability to apply a process, manipulate equations and deal with basic geometry come in useful. Many people find that the topics they were taught at GCSE come up again and again, whatever their profession. Many employers rate the ability to handle data very highly – ie the ability to get information from graphs and charts, to manipulate percentages and fractions, and to make sensible predictions from data.

The most fundamental reason to study maths is that it teaches you to learn – to build up an understanding from basic principles, to develop general concepts, and then to apply this to specific examples. You learn to think logically, to ask questions and check out your conclusions all of which are really useful life skills.

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