MathematicsGCSE Mathematics is a core subject and a grade C is often an essential qualification for progression to the next stage of your education.
What is Maths?
GCSE Mathematics is a core subject and a grade C is often an essential qualification for progression to the next stage of your education. If you want to study Maths at A level you must complete the GCSE at Higher level and aim for at least an A.
You will be taught to solve problems in a systematic way by teachers who are patient and sympathetic and very familiar with the difficulties faced by students.
What will I study?
Some of the major topics are: trigonometry, areas and volumes, simplifying and factorising algebraic expressions, ratios, percentages and statistics.
The above topics will be covered in more depth at the Higher level and the specification will also include many algebraic topics not dealt with at the Foundation level.
Why should I study Maths?
A grade C in GCSE Maths is a minimum requirement for entry to university in any course. In addition, Mathematics today is a diverse discipline that deals with data, measurements and observations from science, inference, deduction, proofs as well as with mathematical models of natural phenomena, human behaviour and social systems: you will certainly come across applications of mathematics at some stage in your future careers.
How is it assessed?
The first examination session for the new specification in GCSE Mathematics (9-1) will be available in May/June 2017 and will be assessed through three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier. Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper and each paper is 1.30 hour long. The grading is 9 to 1 overall with grade 8 and 9 corresponding to A* and grade 4 corresponding to C. The assessment objectives are: using and applying standard techniques; reasoning, interpretation and communicating; solving non-routine problems in mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.
Exam Board: ED
What do I need?
If you have found Maths difficult in the past we can help you approach the subject with confidence. Equally, if you are good at Maths you will be stretched to achieve your best possible result.
We ask however that you be focussed whilst in class – be organised, follow instructions and practise outside class. There is no reason why students who work consistently hard using techniques taught by their teachers cannot do well in the exam.
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics: Higher student Book (Edexcel GCSE Maths 2015) – Publisher: Pearson.
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics: Higher Practice, Reasoning and Problem-Solving Book (Edexcel GCSE Maths 2015) – Publisher: Pearson.
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