Further study beyond Core Maths
Your students may ask you for advice about what they want to do after they’ve taken Core Maths.
There’s lots of information here for students to read themselves, but they will benefit enormously from your experience and support.
Here are some suggestions of things you can do to help them:
Arrange for external speakers to visit and talk to your students. Several organisations can help you to find them, here are some examples:
You could also make your own arrangements with local employers and universities.
Do your students know about Higher and Degree apprenticeships? These combine study and work experience. They offer routes into many careers and can be particularly attractive to students who are concerned about university fees.
Provide your students with information about university open days and taster days. Some universities and other organisations offer residential summer schools. These are often targeted at disadvantaged students to encourage them to consider applying to university. Here are some examples:
- Sutton Trust
- University of London
- University of Bath
- University of Oxford UNIQ
- University of Southampton
Ensure your students are aware of the universities that give reduced offers for admissions to some of their degree courses for those who have taken Core Maths qualifications.
At this stage, they may find that it would be helpful for them to have AS/A level Mathematics for the path they want to follow. Options for taking it as an adult are provided here. However, your advice on what to do in these circumstances, and how your school/college can help them, will be invaluable.
Support with university applications
Your school/college will already provide general support with university applications, but here are some additional ways you can help them through the process.
Research shows that disadvantaged students, in particular, benefit from personalised support. One-to-one conversations with students will help you to understand their aspirations and any barriers they face that you can help them to overcome.
A good personal statement can make a huge difference to a students’ likelihood of being offered a place. This research by the Sutton Trust highlights what admissions tutors want to see, and suggest how you can help steer them in the right direction.
If your students are invited to interviews by universities or employers, help them prepare by staging mock interviews. Some universities offer support with this - contact your local universities for details.