Visiting Speakers Boost Maths

Mathematics students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull have been benefitting from the expertise of visiting speakers in recent weeks.

Representatives from engineering firm PM Group and from Aston University visited the College to talk to A level Maths students. The former saw three engineers in College to deliver a talk and practical workshop. They spoke to students about working in engineering and invited the students to work in groups to build the strongest structure using dry spaghetti, string and cellotape.

Staff from Aston University visited to deliver two talks. The first focussed on space, the universe and chaos, while the second delved into mathematics in Music.

Curriculum Leader Scott Fisher commented:

“Thank you to both PM Group and Aston University for giving up their time to talk to our students. All three talks that took place were on vastly different subjects, but that only goes to demonstrate how many careers Maths is applicable to. The students enjoyed the talks and learnt a lot.”

The College offers three A level Maths courses in Mathematics, Further Maths and Statistics. From next September an enrichment course in Core Maths is also being offered. This Level 3 qualification is designed to prepare students for the mathematical demands of study, work and life. It is applied in nature and enables students to explore new concepts and techniques for solving a variety of both theoretical and “real world” problems. Core Maths is ideal for students encountering the more demanding mathematical content of courses such as A-level Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Computing, Business and Economics.

26 June 2018