GCSE Maths

Why should I study mathematics?

There are two main reasons we should all study mathematics. Firstly, it is the only universal language – it does not matter where you come from, all across the world people use the same number system on a daily basis.

From currency to measurements, percentages to sequences and technology to biology, the only true universal language is around us every day.

The second reason to study mathematics is the fascinating history behind all of the mathematical discoveries over time. Where does pi come from? Who invented the Cartesian coordinate grid? What is the Fibonacci sequence?

Mathematics is not just a bunch of rules to be remembered for an exam, it is a rich, captivating, enthralling look at our development of problem solving through the years and our continuing pursuit to discover more in the future.

Which tier will I be sitting?

Mathematics is split into two tiers: higher and foundation. Grades on the higher paper are from 3 to 9 and on the foundation paper 1 to 5. Students will be regularly assessed during the two years to ensure that they are entered for the correct tier and are given every opportunity to maximise their potential within the subject. For individual enquiries, please ask your class teacher.

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Download Higher Curriculum

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What grade do I need in maths?

This will be dependent on your next steps in education and/or training. A pass grade is a Grade 4, however if you are choosing an A Level with a strong mathematical element, such as Psychology, a higher grade may be required. In order to go on to study mathematics at A Level, a minimum of a Grade 7 would be recommended.

How will I be assessed?

The exam board for mathematics is Edexcel and assessment is 100% by examination at the end of the two-year course. This is broken down into three papers, as detailed below.

Paper 1

  • No calculator
  • Exam duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks available

Paper 2

  • Calculator allowed
  • Exam duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks available

Paper 3

  • Calculator allowed
  • Exam duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks available

What are the next steps?

Mathematics is a core subject but if you have any further questions about this course, please contact our Head of Maths, Mr Hughes, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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