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GCSE Maths

Awarding Body : AQA

Overview of Course

In this course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. You will use these to make connections and apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.

You will acquire and use skills such as problem-solving strategies, selecting and applying mathematical techniques and methods, mathematical reasoning, making deductions and inferences, drawing conclusions, as well as interpreting and communicating mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Content and Assessment

This mathematics qualification requires students to:

1 – Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measures*
  • Statistics
  • Probability**

(* Measures content normally taught alongside geometry content. **Probability content normally taught alongside number content)

2 – Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts

3 – Apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations. Students can study at a level that best suits their ability. Foundation Tier covers grades 1 – 5. Higher Tier covers grades 4 – 9.

Assessments

Assessment is in the form of an externally assessed written examination, which can be taken in June. A November entry is permitted for a small minority of students who would be at least 16 on the previous 31st August.

1 – Three written papers: two calculator and one non-calculator, each contributing one third of the overall grade.

2 – Tiered papers: > Foundation Tier grades 1 – 5 available

  • Higher Tier grades 4 – 9 available

3 – Each paper lasts 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 80 marks on each paper

4 – The assessment objectives and weightings on the higher papers are:

  • Use and apply standard techniques – approx. 50%
  • Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically – approx. 25%
  • Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts – approx. 25%

5 – The assessment objectives and weightings on the foundation papers are:

  • Use and apply standard techniques – approx. 40%
  • Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically – approx. 30%
  • Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts – approx. 30%

Career Links

GCSE Maths encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

It provides progression to Level 3 qualifications in numerate disciplines, such as GCE (A-Level) Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Sciences, Geography, and other qualifications which require mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding, as well as being one of the most sought after qualifications for further training and employment.