GCSE Mathematics


(Core Subject)

                       Examination Qualifications:  GCSE                                 

                   Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel 1MA1                       

Tiers of Entry: Higher or Foundation


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.

Course Content and Assessment: 

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.

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



GCSE Mathematics is a basic-entry requirement for many post 16 courses, with students required to gain a Grade 4 or above, or else they are required by law to re-sit it at their post 16 provider. It is also 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



Career opportunities include:

  • Accountancy
  • Actuary
  • Banking & Investment 
  • Computing
  • Engineering
  • Finance & Marketing
  • Statistician
  • Teaching
  • Medicine
  • Science

For further Information please emial our Head of Department, Miss Jones at jonesp@bp.lewisham.sch.uk