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Mathematics - Core

Lead teacher - Mr Perkins
Qualification  - GCSE
Level - Foundation tier (grades 5-1)
          - Higher tier (grades 9-4)
Lessons per fortnight - 7

Course Outline 

The mathematics that is studied at GCSE level is organised under the following headings:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

The three assessment objectives are:

Use and apply standard techniques

  • accurately recall facts, terminology and definitions
  • use and interpret notation correctly

Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically

  • make deductions, inferences and draw conclusions from mathematical information
  • interpret and communicate information accurately

Solve problems within mathematics in other concepts

  • translate problems in mathematical or nonmathematical contexts into a process or a series of mathematical processes
  • make and use connections between different parts of mathematics
Exam Details 

Exam Board - Edexcel
Both higher and foundation tier have three exam papers that must be taken in the same examination series. 
Paper 1 - Non-calculator 33.3% of GCSE assessment
Duration - 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 2 - Calculator 33.3% of GCSE assessment
Duration - 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 3 - Calculator  33.3% of GCSE assessment
Duration - 1 hour 30 minutes

Career Progression 

Basic skills in numeracy are required for the majority of careers. Being numerate increases a person’s confidence and is a building block for many jobs. Grade 5 in GCSE mathematics is a prerequisite for many courses in further education and also careers in teaching and medicine.

Subject Links 

Maths is a STEM related subject. Other links include ICT, Science, Geography, Product Design, Art, Computing and Physical Education. 


Further Requirements 

Students may be asked to attend extra classes after school, in preparation for the examinations.