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Double maths on course.

TEENAGERS will be able to take "double maths" at GCSE under new plans.

Ministers say the option will give up to 700,000 maths-loving youngsters the opportunity to develop more skills and subject knowledge.

But a teachers' leader said ensuring maths GCSEs contained high-quality content was more important than the quantity of courses.

The double award will cover all the topics covered in current GCSE courses as well as give pupils a "broader grounding" in pure and applied maths, meaning they will see how maths works in the real world.

One GCSE will focus on the application of maths in everyday situations, such as finance, while the other will focus on problem solving within maths.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) has been asked to conduct pilot courses in the new GCSE from September 2010.

Schools minister Sarah McCarthy-Fry said: "Mathematics is one of the absolutely core skills that pupils must master at school."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 13, 2008
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