GCSE Mathematics

Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel        

Specification code: 1MA1

Why study Mathematics?

Mathematics has many ‘real-life’ applications such as shopping and discounts, bills and VAT, value for money purchases, using algebra for problem solving – the list is endless! Students’ ability to apply their mathematical knowledge to varying problems is now being tested in the GCSE examinations.

Understanding and applying the mathematics learnt at GCSE is very useful for students who wish to go on to study subjects such as psychology, geography, biology, chemistry, physics or business studies as well as the obvious mathematics courses.

Course Content:

Students will learn about number, ratio, algebra, shape, probability and statistics. They will build on their knowledge from KS3 and apply it to different situations. Students need to understand how to use a calculator effectively. We recommend that students have their own calculator that they can confidently use.  Calculators can be purchased from many high street retailers and the Library offers them for sale at a very competitive price.

Assessment Overview:

Students will take three equally weighted papers at the end of year 11 and there is no controlled assessment. Each paper is out of 80 and students will sit either the higher or the foundation tier.

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