GCSE Mathematics


(Core Subject)


Examination Subject:                                     Mathematics


Examination Qualifications:                       GCSE Mathematics


Examination Board:                                        Pearson Edexcel 1MA1


Tiers of Entry:                                                    Higher or Foundation


Course Content:                             

GCSE Mathematics covers a lot of basic skills that students will need to use in a variety of ways all through their lives and is a compulsory subject in Year 9, 10 and 11. Students will follow a course that will prepare them for academic success at GCSE. The particular tier they follow will depend upon their mathematical achievements.

The course covers a wide range of mathematical knowledge:

·         Number

·         Algebra

·         Geometry and Measure

·         Ratio, Proportion and Rate of Change

·         Statistics

·         Probability


Whilst studying mathematics students will be expected to:

·         Use and apply standard techniques

·         Communicate mathematically

·         Use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems

·         Use logic and reason to solve problems

·         Use mathematics that they learn to solve problems that might happen in real life

·         Learn how to use a calculator to solve problems efficiently


There are various pathways which can be followed by students which is dependent upon their mathematical ability.  All students will follow the GCSE course during years 9, 10 and 11.  Those students who need more time to progress to GCSE will follow the Entry Level Certificate, which is wholly assessed by teachers and provides opportunities for progression to GCSE Maths.  All students will develop their functional and problem solving skills within this course as this is an integral part of mathematics.


Assessment of the Course:


Linear GCSE Mathematics


Foundation & Higher Candidates: Written paper only taken at the end of year 11

Paper 1                 Non calculator                   1hr 30mins

Paper 2                 Calculator                            1hr 30 mins

Paper 3                 Calculator                            1hr 30 mins



Test Schedule:

End of Course exams – June 2017 onwards          Grading  9 - 1


Progression from this examination:

GCSE Mathematics is a basic-entry requirement for many courses and is required for university courses.   

Grades 9 - 7 at the higher tier GCSE enables students to take mathematics at A Level.


Students can progress to:           

GNVQ Courses:-                              Business, ICT

A level Courses:-              Business Studies, Economics, ICT, Mathematics, Science


Careers Information:

Career opportunities include Accountancy, Actuary, Banking & Investment, Computing, Engineering, Finance & Marketing, Statistician, Teaching, Medicine, Science, though studying mathematics at higher level may be required to enter some of these careers.


Any other information about the course:

Pupils are required to have mathematical equipment such as maths set and a scientific calculator.


Further Information:      See Ms P Jones