Using Maths in Health and social care



This one day student conference, in conjunction with the University of Plymouth Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, aims to give year 9 students the opportunity to use mathematics in realistic but potentially surprising situations, whilst working together to draw valid and reasonable conclusions.  Students will also experience current technological advances in preparing healthcare staff for the workplace.


  • To inspire students to continue with maths post-16
  • To show students the range of careers and opportunities available by studying maths
  • To experience mathematics in real yet unexpected contexts
  • To foster a positive attitude to solving problems in mathematics

Who will benefit from attending?

This day is aimed at Year 9 students who are aiming for Higher Level GCSE Mathematics, who need encouraging to consider Mathematics as an option for Level 3, and who need to use mathematics in unfamiliar but accessible contexts in order to discover it as the key to their next steps. 


Students will participate in a series of hands on workshops throughout the day.  In the morning the students will work together analysing real data and graphical information in order to make informed, evidenced based decisions to questions posed at the beginning of the day. The afternoon will focus on medical aspects, where the Year 9 students will work with trainees from the School of Medicine and Dentistry experiencing some of the mathematical aspects of their work.

Materials and Equipment

We would expect students to have the usual school mathematical equipment, including a scientific calculator.

Other Information

The University of Plymouth Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry are very kindly co-hosting this event.  Therefore, bringing students along will help you achieve the following Gatsby Benchmarks for good careers guidance.

Benchmark 2: Learning from career and labour market information

Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of each student

Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers

Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces


We are inviting schools to initially bring up to four students.  Ideally, we would like to promote mathematics and its applications to girls, but will not exclude boys from attending. 

Places are limited and early applications are advised. 


Applications from independent schools are welcome, but places will be places will be offered to students from state schools initially. 

Key Facts

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Target year:

Year 9

Curriculum focus:

11-16 maths, A level Mathematics, Core Maths

Mathematical focus:

Statistics, Problem solving, Reasoning

Event format:


Event length:

5 hours


South West


Plymouth University,
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry,
Drake Circus,
Pl4 8AA


Wed 18th Mar 2020

Course times:

09:45 - 14:45


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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Margaret Harding
[email protected]

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