This task will allow students to explore the costs associated with studying at university.
Calculating with percentages, using a spreadsheet to model simple financial contexts.
The tasks are suitable for small group discussion and modelling using a spreadsheet. There is the opportunity for whole class debate around the costs of university education and likely financial gains later in life.
There are ‘volunteer’ notes, a PowerPoint and a worksheet suitable for group exploration.
Students will need access to the internet to research information and calculators and/or spreadsheets to calculate savings and costs.
The London Economics recent report for DfE on the value of studying A level mathematics and other STEM subjects may be of interest. See:
Students could compare going to university with getting a job and studying
From Your Financial Future level 3: Unit 8: Activity 24, developed by Tower Hamlets Business Education Partnership, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, available at https://thebp.org/your-financial-future-level-3/