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GCSE

AQA

Course Summary

Mathematics is the subject we all use every day, often without even realising it. Whether you are reading the time, shopping, playing a computer game or baking a cake you are applying mathematical ideas to your real life situation.

For most people it is also plays a part in their working life. Waitresses, builders, entrepreneurs, plumbers, teachers, advertisers and thousands of other jobs involve maths on a daily basis.

In short Mathematics is problem solving, a skill that is useful to everyone in their day to day lives. It is important for all pupils to develop a basic knowledge of mathematics.

What will students learn?

The Mathematics GCSE course in Years 10 and 11 will build upon the skills and knowledge pupils have already gained in the areas of;

Number, Algebra, Geometry and measures, Ratio and Proportion, Probability and Statistics.

There is no controlled assessment element to GCSE Mathematics. The grade awarded will be determined on the basis of performance in examinations.

Grades range from 1 – 9 with 9 the highest grade available for the course. All pupils will be entered at one of two tiers depending on their progress up to and during the GCSE course. Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 – 9). The marks received on each paper will be added together and the final grade determined from the total marks. The following is a breakdown of the exam papers for both tiers of entry.

How will students be assessed?

Paper 1: non-calculator Paper 2: calculator Paper 3: calculator
What’s assessed

Content from any part of the specification may be assessed

 What’s assessed

Content from any part of the specification may be assessed

 What’s assessed

Content from any part of the specification may be assessed

How it’s assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • non-calculator
  • 33.3% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment
How it’s assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • calculator allowed
  • 33.3% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment
How it’s assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • calculator allowed
  • 33.3% of the GCSE Mathematics assessment
Questions

A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

Questions

A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

Questions

A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

Differentiation

Students are set according to ability.

Resources

MyMaths can be used for revision and extension work
www.mymaths.co.uk