What is Mathematics?
Mathematics can be found everywhere. Whether we are managing our finances, decorating our houses,
following a recipe or deciding on a ‘best buy’, we use
Mathematics. An understanding of statistics and data can help us to analyse and criticise information that we receive through the media or other sources. Understanding of probability and chance can be applied to develop winning strategies in a game.
Progression and Careers
A good GCSE Mathematics grade is essential for many
courses in higher education and its importance is recognised by colleges and employers alike, as it is used widely in many careers. At University, pupils can study a variety of courses, including Mathematics, Accounting, Law, Medicine, Physics, Geography, Astronomy and many others.
About the Course
The GCSE Mathematics course will provide pupils with the opportunity to develop their skills in the following areas:
Ratio & Proportion
There is a particular emphasis on “Reasoning” where
pupils need to be able to show that they can use
Mathematics to solve problems in context and are able to confidently explain their decisions.
How is the Course Assessed?
Students will be assessed in their ability to:
Use and apply standard techniques
Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically
Solve problems within Mathematics and other contexts
The GCSE assessment consists of 3 x 1½ hour written papers at the end of the course (each of 80 marks).
Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper.
Paper 2 and 3 are both calculator papers
A scientific model will be required.
Higher Tier Grades—9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4
Foundation Tier Grades—5, 4, 3, 2, 1