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Studying Mathematics 

During Year 10 and Year 11, you will consolidate the understanding you have gained during Key Stage 3 and earn a qualification that proves you have mastered this vital subject. Mathematics has developed over time as a means of solving problems and also for its own sake. Its importance is universally recognised and its language is international, transcending cultural boundaries. Mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when you solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections. 

You will develop knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activities, exploration and discussion, learning to talk about your methods and explain your reasoning. You will tackle problems through a range of methods, using increasingly complex mathematical language and reasoning. As you progress, you will learn to appreciate the unique power of mathematics as an analytical tool for solving problems. 

GCSE Mathematics includes the study of Geometry, Algebra, Number work and Data Handling. Students studying Further Maths will also meet Calculus! 

How are you Assessed? 

GCSE Mathematics is assessed by final examination at the end of Year 11. This consists of three papers over a total time of four and a half hours and most students will take the Higher Tier exam. 

There is no coursework or controlled assessment. 

Students in the top two sets also study for the AQA IGCSE Further Mathematics exam, sitting the exam at the end a Year 11 alongside GCSE Maths. 

Reisen, Möglichkeiten, Fortschritt 

For some, GCSE Mathematics will be the final stage of their mathematical experience. Considered to be one of the “core” subjects of the school curriculum, a good grade in GCSE Mathematics is an entry requirement for most university courses, regardless of the subject to be studied. 

Employers are looking for young people with a range of “key skills”, which include numeracy and problem solving, both components of GCSE Mathematics. For others, GCSE Mathematics will lead to further study in the sixth form. For students working to a high grade at GCSE, A level Mathematics (and Further Mathematics) is a natural progression. 


Mr R Abraham [email protected]