Core Curriculum: Mathematics GCSE
Member of Staff Responsible: Mr D. Tudor
GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 to 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 to 9). Students must take three question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series. The information in the table near the bottom of this page is the same for both Foundation and Higher tiers.
The GCSE Maths course should enable students to:
• Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
• Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
• Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context. Students should be aware that mathematics can be used to develop models of real situations and that these models may be more or less effective depending on how the situation has been simplified and the assumptions that have been made. Students should also be able to recall, select and apply mathematical formulae.
One substantial written piece each week will be set. Occasionally, learning or revision homework prior to assessment will be set. Assessment takes place approximately every eight weeks to monitor student progress.