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GCSE Maths

GCSE Maths

Maths GCSE is a core subject taught to all students in Year 10 and Year 11. It is an essential part of any student’s education,with many employers and Universities requiring maths GCSE as part of their entry criteria.  The course also allows students to become numerate, think clearly and logically and analyse situations, all of which will help them in everyday life.

Qualification: GCSE

QAN Code: 500/7916/5 

Level: 1 & 2 

Exam Board: Edexcel

 The Higher course also provides a good grounding for those students who want to go on and study maths A Level or further maths A level, as students will have to devise solutions to more complex problems.

During the course students will study:

  • Number – this includes money, decimals, fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion.
  • Algebra – algebra allows students to solve more complex problems and study sequences, solving equations and formulae.
  • Shape, Space and Measure— studying shape allows students to understand the world      around them.  They will look at problems involving angles, measures, 2-D and 3-D shapes.  The higher course also looks at trigonometry and circle geometry.
  • Data Handling – here students will learn how to collect and interpret data, how to construct a variety of graphs, to calculate averages and probability.

Year 11 (ONLY) Assessment 

The course is based entirely on exams with students sitting the Higher Tier (Grades A* to D) and the Foundation Tier (Grades C to G) following a linear course of study.

The linear course consists of two papers at the end of Year 11, a non-calculator and a calculator paper. Students will be targeted for a particular tier of entry at the beginning of Year 10 but this is not finalised until January of Year 11.  

Students must ensure they are fully equipped for all tests and exams.  That equipment includes;

Pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, pencil sharpener, protractor, pair of compasses and a scientific calculator – this is essential for the Higher paper – an ordinary one will suffice for the Foundation paper, though a scientific one is still preferable. 

Year 11 Higher - Linear

All pupils taking the higher course (A* - D) will complete two terminal exams this June. Many of the boys working at this level choose to go on with their mathematics into our highly successful sixth form and this course enables them to be practising all aspects of mathematical knowledge up to the last minute.

Thursday 26th May 2016 morning     Non- calculator

Thursday 9th June 2016 morning      Calculator

Higher Tier Content: Number: Algebra and Shape, Space and Measure, Data Handling.

All work covered in Year 10 and Year 11 can be examined. 

Year 11 Foundation - Linear 

Those pupils taking the foundation course (C - G) are taking a linear exam.  This consists of two final papers sat in June.

 Thursday 26th May 2016 morning     Non- calculator

Thursday 9th June 2016 morning      Calculator

Foundation Tier Content: Number, algebra and shape, space and measure, data handling.

All work covered in Year 10 and Year 11 can be examined. 

The school also offers AQA further Mathematics level 2 for our most able students in year 11. Assessment is linear: paper 1, the written paper (non-calculator) carries 40 per cent of marks and paper 2, written paper (calculator) carries 60 per cent of marks. This qualification is suitable for students who already have or are expected to get grades A and A* in GCSE Mathematics and who are likely to progress to A-level study in Mathematics and possibly Further Mathematics. The examinations are: paper 1 Monday 20th June 2016 (am), paper 2 Friday 24th June 2016 (am)

Course details:  AQA Certificate: Level 2 Further Mathematics: Specification code 8360 QAN code 60021238

New GCSE maths qualifications.

The government has changed the specifications for maths qualifications.  This will affect all years from the current year 10 downwards and will be first tested in the summer of 2017.  More details of these new specifications cane be read by clicking below.

Mathematics GCSE subject content and assessment objectives

Year 10 Higher - Linear 

All pupils taking the higher course (4 - 9) do a linear exam which involves three terminal exams in June of year 11. Many of the boys working at this level choose to go on with their mathematics into our highly successful sixth form and this course enables them to be practising all aspects of mathematical knowledge up to the last minute.

June 2017 (current year 10)    Paper 1 Non-calculator  

June 2017 (current year 10)    Paper 2 Calculator  

June 2017 (current year 10)    Paper 3 Calculator  

Higher Tier Content: Number, Algebra and Shape, Space and Measure, Data Handling.

All work covered up to Year 11 can be examined. 

Year 10 Foundation - Linear  

Those pupils taking the foundation course (1 - 5) are taking a linear exam. This consists of two final papers sat in June.

June 2017 (current year 10)    Paper 1 Non-calculator    

June 2017 (current year 10)    Paper 2 Calculator    

June 2017 (current year 10)    Paper 3 Calculator  

Foundation Tier Content: Number, Algebra and Shape, Space and Measure, Data Handling.

All work covered in Year 10 and Year 11 can be examined. 

Other Information 

GCSE maths is an important requirement for many careers and Higher Education courses and a contributing subject to the English baccalaureate. The higher course will prepare a student for A/AS Level maths and further maths, which is  also offered at the school.

Maths is a requirement for many careers and opens up many doors.  Careers involving maths specifically include engineering, banking, finance and many more.