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GCSE Mathematics

Exam Board: Edexcel
Level: 2

Course Overview

Syllabus: Edexcel (9-1) Mathematics
Learners will study topics as described in the appropriate level scheme of work.

Foundation tier – Grades 5 to 1
Higher tier - Grades 9 to 4

Functional elements of mathematics are assessed through three examination papers each are 1 hour and 30 minutes in duration. Of the three examination papers, the first paper will be a non-calculator paper and the other two papers will be calculator papers.

The course 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. The GCSE mathematics curriculum allows learners to:

  • Develop knowledge, skill and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including; number, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics, and probability
  • Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts.
  • Be able to apply the functional elements of mathematics to solve problems in real-life situations
  • Acquire and use problem-solving strategies
  • Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Assessment: 100% Examination

The assessment will be a mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems. The mathematical demand increases as a student progresses through the paper.

GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 5 – 1) and a Higher tier (grades 9 – 4). Students must take three question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.