Why do you have to study Mathematics?
Mathematics is a compulsory subject for all students in Key Stage 4. While studying mathematics you will:
- Use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems
- Use logic and reason to solve problems
- Break down problems into small steps in order to solve them
- Use the skills you learn to solve real life problems
There are a wide range of career pathways pertaining to this. These range from accountancy, banking and finance, engineering, insurance and pensions, IT as well as many more.
How will I be examined?
You will sit three exams at the end of Year 11 which are worth 100% of the total mark, there is no coursework.
- There will be one non-calculator and two calculator papers; each of the papers is worth 80 marks
- The questions on the exam paper will be arranged so that the easiest ones come first
- There will be a mixture of short and longer questions
- You might be asked to solve a problem about anything you have studied on either paper
- Each exam is 1hr 30min.
- The exams will be graded from 1-9, where 9 is the highest grade. Higher tier grades are from 4-9 and Foundation grades 1–5
What will I study?
GCSE Mathematics covers a wide range of basic mathematical knowledge and skills, grouped into the following areas:
- Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- Probability & Statistics
- Geometry & measures
Recommended text books, additional reading
- Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Student Book
- Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Revision Guide
- Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Revision Workbook
Recommended online resources
Jilur Rahman, Assistant Headteacher Mathematics