Why study Mathematics?

The GCSE course enables students to extend their knowledge and understanding of mathematics so that they can study the subject further post 16 or have the vital ‘life skills’ necessary for day to day living. The course will also develop your ability to use mathematics as a tool in problem solving.  Mathematics is a compulsory subject and as such has to be studied by all students at GCSE. 

What skills will it develop?

Students will develop the experience to solve a range of practical problems, use mathematics as a means of communicating, work with maths related software and develop confidence in their own ability.  To facilitate these key aims students can expect opportunities to work collectively as a class, individually and in groups, according to the demands of the individual topic being studied.

Course content

Students will study topics in Mathematics in three main areas; Number and Algebra, Geometry and 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.


There is no coursework component to the course.


In September 2015 we will be following the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics (1MA1) This specification consists of three written exams, taken at the end of Year 11. There is one non-calculator exam and two calculator exams, each lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes. There is no coursework or controlled assessment component of this course. Students will be entered at either Higher or Foundation level. The decision of which tier of entry is appropriate will not be decided until around Christmas of Year 11. Students can gain grades 9 - 4 (9 being the highest grade) at the Higher tier, and grades 5 - 1 at the Foundation tier. 

Progression Routes

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. 

In conclusion

Maths is an exciting and enjoyable subject and we hope that you enjoy the course. For further information please see Mrs Lloyd.