GCSE Maths

Course Content

Starts September with exams taken in May/June. Class hours are 3 hours per week

    • Number
    • Algebra
    • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
    • Geometry and measures
    • Probability
    • Statistics

During the course learners will be given opportunities to:

    • develop problem solving skills
    • generate strategies to solve problems that are unfamiliar
    • answer questions that span more than one topic area of the curriculum
    • make mental calculations and calculations without the aid of a calculator
    • make estimates
    • understand 3-D shape
    • use computers and other technological aids
    • collect data
    • understand and use the statistical problem solving cycle.

Component 1

Non-calculator makes up 50% of qualification

2 hours 15 minutes (120 marks)

The written paper will comprise a number of short and longer, both structured and unstructured questions which
may be set on any part of the subject content of the specification. A significant number of questions will assess understanding of more than one topic from the subject content.

A calculator WILL NOT be allowed in this examination.


Component 2

Calculator-allowed Mathematics makes up the other 50% of qualification

2 hours 15 minutes (120 marks)

The written paper will comprise a number of short and longer, both structured and unstructured questions which
may be set on any part of the subject content of the specification. A significant number of questions will assess learners’ understanding of more than one topic from the subject content.

A calculator WILL be allowed in this examination.


Resources 

    • A4 ring-binder folder
    • Set of separators or dividers
    • Pen
    • Pencil – sharp for drawing graphs
    • Paper
    • Graph paper
    • Calculator (scientific)
      • Casio fx-85GT Plus (solar powered)
    • Good quality geometry set: Would recommend ‘The Helix Oxford Set of Mathematical Instruments’ available from WHSmith.

Awarding Body