Maths Course Outline

Qualification - GCSE

Students will study topics in mathematics in the following main areas:

• Number and Algebra
• Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change,
• Geometry and Measures
• Statistics and Probability

In addition, pupils will learn skills to enable them to solve practical problems and how to use maths software effectively. Functional skills approaches are embedded within the GCSE specification, which means that you will solve real life problems using your mathematical skills.

Skills Required

• Fluency – you will need to practise the skills learned
• Reasoning – you will have to explain your methods and communicate your ideas
• Problem Solving – you will need to apply your knowledge

Assessment Method

There are 3 written exams taken at the end of Year 11 (one non-calculator exam and two calculator exams) each lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Students will be entered at either Higher (Grades 9-4) or Foundation tier (Grades 5 -1) (to be decided around Christmas of Year 11).

Post 16 Opportunities and careers

Numeracy skills are a prerequisite for most career paths.
Gaining the best possible grade at GCSE is vital for future study or career paths. Many courses or employees will require a grade 4 or above. At Key Stage 5 we offer AS and A levels in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

“All your maths from Year 9 will help. You will recap what you’ve already done but will learn new methods and go into more detail.”

Videos from the Department

Mrs Steele highlights the course outline and why Maths is important in all future career paths.