Course: Mathematics

Level: GCSE

Course Content

You will study the six strands of mathematics (Algebra, Number, Geometry, Ratio & Proportion, Statistics and also Probability) through consolidating and extending your prior knowledge from Key Stage 3.  Each strand is divided into specific units of study, e.g. Trigonometry within Geometry.

The course will encourage students to:

  • Make connections between mathematical concepts;
  • Reason mathematically, making deductions and inferences and drawing conclusions;
  • Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of appropriate forms;
  • Apply the functional elements of mathematics in every day and real-life situations.


Assessment will be entirely through three written papers taken at the end of the course.   The written papers at Higher or Foundation tier will assess your ability to:

  • Recall and use your knowledge of the content;
  • Select and apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts;
  • Interpret and analyse problems and general strategies to solve them.


GCSE Mathematics is a major requirement of many employers and post 16 courses. There is a real emphasis placed on students achieving at least one of these qualifications with at least a standard pass (Grade 4 or higher). You will require at least a grade equivalent to a current grade 6, ideally a grade 7, at GCSE in order to continue studying mathematics at A level.

Examples of future careers include: engineering, computer science, teaching, meteorologist and statistician.




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