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GCSE Mathematics should provide a broad mathematical education for all pupils. It consolidates and extends their understanding of basic mathematical knowledge and skills needed in everyday life.

Pupils are encouraged to make connections between different areas of mathematics and its application in the world around them. Mathematics is increasingly essential in a variety of subjects and careers. Therefore GCSE Mathematics will also provide a sound foundation for those who wish to undertake further study of mathematics, the sciences and social sciences. It is therefore also a very popular subject at A level for our pupils each year.

Course Content

The topics covered in Mathematics are covered by these content headings:

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

All pupils will follow a linear GCSE course during Years 10 and 11. The course will be examined at either Higher or Foundation tier at the end of Year 11.

This involves three equally-weighted written examination papers of 1 hour and 30 minutes long; one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers for the Higher or Foundation tier examinations.

Key Course Details
Exam boardHier Tier: Edexcel
Foundation Tier: OCR
AssessmentWritten examination (100%)