GCSE Maths

Why study this course

Maths is an integral part of the KS4 curriculum and is compulsory study for all students.

What will I learn?

The work covered will be an extension of the work covered at Key Stage 3, including work on number, ratio and proportion, probability and data handling, algebra and shape.  There will be a lot more emphasis placed on the problem solving aspect of maths as well as methods of solution.

What will I need?

All students are expected to bring pens, pencils, rulers and a scientific calculator to every maths’ lesson.

How will I be assessed?

The course is a linear course with three exams taken in May/June of Year 11. Each exam will be 1 hour 30 minutes in length and can be sat at either Foundation or Higher tier.  All these will contribute to their overall GCSE grade. In two of the papers students will be allowed to use a scientific calculator. There will be one non calculator paper. Within the tests there is a strong focus on the quality of written communication. This means that students must show and explain all working in a logical order. Many questions will also be set in real-life contexts, where students have to explain and show working as well as deciding what needs to be done.  There is no coursework in GCSE mathematics.

In addition to the mathematics GCSE we will be offering students, of high ability, the opportunity to study an extra qualification.  The Level 2 certificate in Further Maths is equivalent to a GCSE qualification and is a course that prepares students for A-level with a strong emphasis on the algebraic skills required.  It also introduces two new concepts in mathematics, calculus and matrices, both of which are very different areas to topics covered before. The grades awarded follow broadly the same as the GCSE Maths, however 9-5.  This course will provide an excellent platform from which students can go on to study both mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-level.

Where can this course lead after Key Stage 4?

Many students go on from GCSE maths to study A level maths.  Many of these students then go on to university studying a wide range of courses, including all medical courses, science and engineering courses, business and accountancy; maths has now become an important component of some of the other A level qualifications.

To find out more information:

Please speak to your maths teacher for further information or ring the maths department at Wreake Valley Academy and ask for Mr Atherton or Ms Holyman.