Edexcel for higher tier, OCR for foundation tier
What is the qualification?
GCSE Mathematics Higher tier grade 9 – 4 Foundation tier grades 5 – 1
What will students be doing on the course? How will it be structured?
The Mathematics department follows a linear GCSE syllabus.
This course develops the work covered in Key Stage 3.
The topics studied are: number, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability.
Students will need to use their knowledge to make connections between mathematical concepts as well as to solve real-life problems.
The course is assessed by 100% terminal examination at the end of Year 11.
What skills do students need to develop to be successful at this course?
Students need to be able to problem solve, communicate effectively using numbers and symbols, be able to explain and justify solutions and have the ability to interpret and discuss data.
What could this qualification be used for?
GCSE Mathematics provides students with improved opportunities for further education, training and employment. A good qualification in mathematics is necessary for most careers. It is essential for further study in many subjects for example psychology, biology, chemistry and physics.
Provision is made to take stand alone Level 3 qualifications for students achieving grade 8 or 9 or Further Mathematics.