GCSE Mathematics

Course Description

 

Mathematics is a compulsory subject and the majority of students are entered for the GCSE examination. In September 2015 a new GCSE Mathematics course was introduced, students achieve results from grade 1 up to grade 9.  Mathematics is for everyone, it is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their future destination

 

Course Content

 

The course has been organised into the following areas

 

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

 

Alongside formal written and learning tasks, students will do practical activities and play games that encourage the use of mental strategies. In tackling the demands of this subject most students find that mathematics is not only useful, but also satisfying and enjoyable in its own right.

 

Assessment

 

Mathematics has two tiers

 

  • Foundation (grades 1 – 5)
  • Higher (grades 4 – 9)

 

The subject is assessed through examination only.

 

Students will sit three 1½ hour papers.

 

One paper is a non-calculator paper.

 

Each exam paper is worth 80 marks and will consist of a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

 

Future Opportunities

Mathematics is used in all walks of life. For a wide variety of jobs and careers you need to have achieved at least a grade 5 at GCSE, you will also need this grade if you want to go to University. Students who study Mathematics at GCSE and beyond could become – Architects, Doctors, Teachers, Bankers, Photographers, Shop Workers, Statisticians, Computer Game Designers, Engineers, Accountants, Decorators …. The list is endless as most people will use Mathematics at home and at work.

 

Further Information

 

Progress in mathematics is dependent upon a good understanding and recall of previously studied topics. It is, therefore, expected that in addition to homework, students will be responsible for an on-going review and revision of all of their work. Mathematics is a challenging subject with great rewards for those willing to meet this challenge. It is the key to a wide career choice and an important tool for many subjects in Further and Higher Education.