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GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics




What you will learn


The assessments will cover the following content headings:


  1. Number
  2. Algebra
  3. Ratio
  4. Geometry and Measures
  5. Statistics & Probability


Two tiers are available: Foundation and Higher.

The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written exam papers at either Foundation or Higher tier.




How you will be assessed                                                  


 Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.

Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.






Who should choose this course?


Maths GCSE is one of the core qualifications every student should have. The study of Maths can provide access to a wide range of careers. Whichever direction you want to head in, you will need the knowledge and skills this course will teach you.




Maths problems help train your brain to think accurately and carefully. You will be able to think more logically, and to make better decisions in your life.


Although maths can sometimes be difficult, you will get a great sense of achievement if you persevere, work hard and achieve good GCSE grades.


Students with good maths skills earn £5,000 a year more (on average) than others who are not proficient in the subject. 


Good maths qualifications will allow you a wider choice of exciting careers. Without maths qualifications, many good jobs will be unavailable to you.


Many employers believe that if you get good Maths grades in your exams, then you are a ‘smart person’, and will be able to learn the many other skills that they will require of you.


Maths is used throughout the entire world!


If you travel, your maths and numeracy skills will be recognised anywhere, and will help you gain employment.