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Mathematics

Mathematics

Course Description

Mathematics at GCSE builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in key stage 3. There are two tiers of entry, foundation and higher. The entry tier in Year 11 dictates the grades that are accessible; these are listed below:

Foundation: Grades 1-5

Higher: Grades 4-9

All students follow a GCSE course; the tier of entry is not decided until after students have sat their mock examination in December of Year 11.

The course consists of six disciplines within mathematics, each weighted with a different percentage:

 

Higher

Foundation

Algebra

30%

20%

Number

15%

25%

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

20%

25%

Geometry and measure

20%

15%

Statistics & Probability

15%

15%

 

Using and applying mathematics is a strand which intertwines with all of the four disciplines mentioned above.

More information and the full syllabus can be found at:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/demo/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

All students must possess a scientific calculator regardless of the course they are following. This is expected to be brought in for every lesson. The Casio FX83GTPlus or Casio FX85GTPlus are recommended.

Assessment Format

Edexcel (1-9) Mathematics 1MA1

Students all follow a linear course which is assessed by three terminal examinations at the end of Year 11; one non-calculator and two where a calculator is allowed.  Each paper is one and a half hours long and worth 33 1/3% of the overall qualification and the whole spectrum of topic areas within each tier is to be expected across all three papers.

Higher tier – this syllabus covers all topics which are grade 4 to 9.

Foundation tier – this syllabus covers all topics which are grade 1 to 5.

Final tier – this is not decided until after the Year 11 mock examinations.  

Mrs Dawn Fox
BSc