Mathematics GCSE

About the Course

The GCSE in Mathematics is graded from 1 to 9 with grade 9 being the highest grade.  Assessment of this GCSE will be examination only and there are two tiers of examination available.  The Foundation tier will allow students to access grades 1 – 5 and the Higher tier, grades 4 – 9.

Exam Board

Edexcel External Examination: 100% from 3 equally weighted examinations: 1 x Non-Calculator Paper, 2 x Calculator Papers. Pupils will be expected to have their own scientific calculator for all Maths lessons.

Course Content

Students will study topics from the following areas of Mathematics:
  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Probability and Statistics
The proportion of each area of study that will need to be covered is dependent on the tier of entry, with algebra being particularly important at the Higher tier.  In the examinations, students will not only be examined on their ability to use and apply standard techniques but also their ability to reason, interpret and communicate mathematically and their ability to use mathematics to solve problems.  Students will be expected to recall the majority of formulae that they need to use.

Beyond the Classroom

Mathematics is used by all people every day, at work, at home and during leisure time.  It is highly valued by employers, colleges and universities and is recognised, along with English, as a major qualification by the government. It supports and is an integral part of the sciences, engineering, business, economics and accountancy and achieving good grades in this subject is often a prerequisite for studying many courses at A level and beyond.  The careers this subject could lead you to is :
  • Financial Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Accountant
  • Economist
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Computer Programmer

Your Future

<p><b>From a Student Perspective</b></p> <p>Lessons are taught in a very engaging manner and there is plenty of variation in how it is taught, which makes it more enjoyable. There are lots of opportunities to gain extra help and despite it being an intense workload, the teachers always make it feel comfortable and help you manage it without feeling overwhelmed. Overall, the Maths department is a very supportive, helpful department that have constantly supported me and prepared me for my exams. -  Year 11 Student </p>