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Mathematics

Course Description

You will have already studied Mathematics for several years before embarking upon the GCSE course which has been designed to build upon the foundations laid down in Years 7 and 8.

A mixture of learning activities are used in the teaching of Mathematics, including teacher led discussions and tasks, small group investigations, use of ICT, practical projects and text book practice. Our aim is to make Mathematics as accessible and enjoyable as possible for all our students through the use of a variety of teaching methods to accommodate different learning styles. Investigative and exploratory work is encouraged in the learning of Mathematics together with a strong emphasis on the essential algebraic, numeric and geometric skills.

 External Assessment Structure

Examination Level Grades Available Papers and Duration
Edexcel Higher 4-9 3 x 1.5 hours
Edexcel Foundation 1-5 3 x 1.5 hours

On both foundation and higher levels of GCSE entry:

  • Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper

  • Paper 2 is a calculator paper

  • Paper 3 is a calculator paper

  • Pupils will be entered for GCSE at the end of year 11

Internal Assessment Structure

Year 9 to Year 11 students are assessed on a termly basis based on the topics studied in lessons.

Both Year 9 and Year 10 sit full GCSE papers at the end of each year to track progress and inform subsequent teaching.

Year 11 students sit two mock exams, one in November and one in March. These are to encourage students to prepare for their GCSE exams in the Summer.