The aim of the course
The aim of the Mathematics course is to learn new mathematical techniques and their applications to real life contexts and to achieve a GCSE in Mathematics at the end of Year 11.
The course structure
In Years 9 to 11 all students study GCSE Mathematics. They will develop key skills which are vital for high performance at GCSE as well as being transferrable, so will help with future options. For full details please see the Mathematics KS4 curriculum area on the school website.
The new GCSE in Mathematics includes ratio proportion and rates of change, as well as a requirement to learn key formulae for the final exams. A greater focus is placed on the use of Mathematics in ‘real world problems’. The exam board is AQA.
How the course is assessed
Assessment of mathematics is entirely examination based. The exams will all be taken a the end of Year 11 in the same exam period. GCSE Mathematics has a foundation tier (grades 1-5) and a higher tier (grades 4-9). Students must take three question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.
The information in the table below is the same for both foundation and higher tiers.
Weighting of content
Resources, additional information and websites
Home learning will be set weekly. Students have access to computers and printers in school if required. For full course information and support information please see the school website KS4 Mathematics curriculum area.
Head of Subject Presentation – Giles Clarkson